The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerians against selling their National Identity Number (NIN).
EFCC, who gave the warning on Thursday in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, also asked Nigerians to report to it or any law enforcement agencies, anyone seeking to buy their NIN.
Uwujaren said that it is not only illegal to sell the NIN, sellers stand the risk of vicarious liability for any act of criminality linked to their NIN.
The anti-graft agency spokesman said the commission is aware that “some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the excercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee.”
He also said, “As Nigerians struggle to acquire the National Identity Number, NIN, from offices of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, across the country it has come to the knowledge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the excercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee. The buyers of the numbers are also trading with them to persons whose motives are anything but noble.
“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 commission warns members of the public against selling their NIN and to report anyone seeking to buy their NIN, to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies.”
SWITCH NIGERIA recalls that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, recently issued a directive that makes it compulsory for all SIM cards to be linked to National Identity Number (NIN).
Pantami’s directive followed the earlier directive issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the suspension of new SIM card registration by network operators.