The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has warned Nigerians against selling and buying National Identity Number acquired from the National Identity Management Commission offices across the country.
EFCC noted that some people are reaching out to applicants to sell their NIN for a fee.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Thursday, noted that the buyers of the numbers were also trading with persons “whose motives are anything but noble.”
He said, “The EFCC wishes to alert Nigerians that it is not only illegal to sell their NIN, they stand the risk of vicarious liability for any act of criminality linked to their NIN.”
“In other words, they risk arrest and prosecution for any act of criminality linked to their NIN whether or not they are directly responsible for such crimes.”
The anti-graft agency warned Nigerians against selling their NIN and admonished them to report anyone seeking to buy the facility to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies.
In a related development, staffs of the National Identity Management Commission have embarked on strike leaving thousands of applicants outside their premises.
Naija News correspondent who was at a registration center in University of Ilorin on Thursday morning disclosed that applicants who were there as early as 6 am were told to return to their houses.
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