Nigerians have been warned not to sell their National Identification Number (NIN), as it could land them in jail.
The warning was given by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, January 7, through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren stated that some unscrupulous persons have already started offering to buy NIN for a fee.
The EFCC spokesperson warned that people who sell their NIN could find themselves in trouble for criminal acts linked to their identity number.
He said: “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.”
He 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.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission has reportedly said there will be no mass disconnection of telecom subscribers as a result of the ongoing linkage of National Identity Numbers (NINs) with SIM cards.
The NCC in a statement on Wednesday, January 6, said the clarification was necessary to allay the fears of subscribers and the general public.
The commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde, was quoted as saying that a recent survey had shown that there are approximately four to five SIM Cards to every Nigerian subscriber.
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