By Emmanuel Udom
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has raised the alarm that some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the on-going NIN registration exercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee.
This warning is coming even as Nigerians struggle to acquire the National Identity Number, NIN, from offices of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.
Wilson Uwujaren, head, media & publicity for the commission in a statement issued Thursday, disclosed that 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 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.