The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerians against buying and selling their National Identity Numbers (NIN).
The anti-graft agency in a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren warned that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted for fraud.
Uwajaren also urged Nigerians to report to the EFCC or security operatives, anyone seeking to buy their NIN.
“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,” Uwajaren said.
This comes after the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) cautioned those extorting NIN applicants.
NIMC had warned that those culpable risks a seven-year jail term.