EFCC Issues Warning on Sale, Purchase of NIN

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has issued a stern warning to Nigerians seeking to purchase the National Identity Number from individuals who have already enrolled that they stand a chance of being prosecuted.
Nwolu Obiajulu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has issued a stern warning to Nigerians seeking to purchase the National Identity Number from individuals who have already enrolled that they stand a chance of being prosecuted.

The agency disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday, noting that it was illegal for citizens to sell their NIN as they stand the risk of being prosecuted for any act of criminality linked to their NIN.

It 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

“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 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 see whether or not they are directly responsible for such crimes.”

The commission asked members of the public to report anyone seeking to buy their NIN to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies.

This post was written by Nwolu Obiajulu.

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