EFCC Arrests Fake State House Staff Over alleged N22m employment scam

EFCC Arrests Fake State House Staff Over alleged N22m employment scam

A network of individuals posing as State House staff in Abuja has been apprehended by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly perpetrating a massive employment scam. The syndicate, which has been targeting unsuspecting victims, promised them lucrative jobs in various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

The suspects, who claimed to be former or current employees of the State House, Ministry of Communication, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, Federal Road Safety Corps, and other ministries, convinced their victims that they had secured them high-ranking positions such as Director-General. However, it turned out that these claims were false.

According to EFCC sources, the suspects had set up multiple bank accounts to receive payments from their victims, amounting to a staggering N22.35 million. The investigation began after a series of petitions were filed by the victims who were duped into paying for fake job offers.

The suspects were arrested at different times – Augustine Umogboi on June 16, Eleojo Idakwo on April 30, and Kingsley Onuh on April 3. They have since provided useful information to investigators and will be charged to court once the investigation is concluded.

The EFCC has warned citizens to be cautious of such scams and to verify any job offers with relevant authorities before making any payments. The agency is committed to bringing those involved in this scheme to justice and ensuring that they are held accountable for their actions.

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