EFCC arrests 2 suspected NIS recruitment scammers in Sokoto

EFCC arrests 2 suspected NIS recruitment scammers in Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested two suspected job recruitment fraudsters, Ibrahim Shehu and John Danjuma, in Sokoto State.


Mr Bawa Usman-Kantungo, Head, Sokoto Zonal Command, in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, confirmed the arrests to newsmen on Wednesday.


Usman-Kantungo said that their arrest was sequel to a petition received from Aminu Binji on Sept. 28, that he had been scammed by the suspects, who were allegedly involved in fake recruitment into Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Sokoto state.


Usman-Kantungo noted that the commission’s officials, thereafter, tracked down members of the syndicate that allegedly specialised in defrauding unsuspecting applicants with non-existent job opportunities in lucrative places such as the NIS, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).


He said that the petitioner, Binji, and his friend, Bello Abubakar, who were victims of the syndicate, were lured by one Aminu Sifawa, a worker at Sokoto State Ministry of Youth and Sports, who was now at large.


He said that the two victims were each scammed of N350,000 for non-existent jobs at the NIS.


He explained that the suspects fraudulently collected N1.2 million from the two victims as training fees and travelling fares.


Usman-Kantungo said that EFCC’s operatives confiscated various incriminating documents such as fake NCS employment forms and fake NPA employment letters found in the residences of the suspects.

He said that other items that were seized included aptitude test question papers and NIS examination score-sheets.


He said that the suspects connived to fabricate and forge documents, which they used to lure unsuspecting job seekers.


Usman-Kantungo also said that the suspects perfected their strategies and organised a purported NIS training at the premises of Kwannawa Primary School in Sokoto to make their fake recruitment exercise to look real.


He said that another accomplice of the suspects, a serving Superintendent of Immigration who appeared in uniform and lectured the trainees and also sold photocopies of NIS manuals to them, had been arrested and handed over to NIS management.


According to him, no fewer than 25 victims have so far come forward to report that they have been scammed of several thousands of naira.


Usman-Kantungo cautioned Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters, adding that they should always endeavour to crosscheck information on job opportunities with relevant authorities for verification.


He, nonetheless, stressed that government recruitments were not for sale.


Some of the victims, Jeremiah Aganda and Josephine Musa said that they were each defrauded N50,000, as fees to join an organisation purportedly known for promoting peace and religious understanding.

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