Not a few jobs seeking Nigerians have been scammed of their meager incomes by suspected fraudsters within and outside the employ of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) under the guise of enlisting them into the agency.
The fraudsters deploy different strategies to freeze their victims of their hard-earned or even borrowed monies. The suspected job racketeers use forged letters with signature of the NSCDC Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu to invite unsuspecting members of the public for job interviews in a purported recruitment exercise by the Corps. They also use various dubious means ranging from text messages and social media platforms
Some of their latest victims include Elizabeth Titus Yilleng and Lucy James both from Jos, Plateau State. They were recently defrauded of about N95,000 by a team of suspected scammers who claimed to be NSCDC staff.
While James was defrauded of N70,000, Yilleng had paid N25,000 and was on her way to remit another N48,000 cash before a staff of the Corps told her that the purported recruitment was a sham.
The money was paid into a designed account with traceable details. The details are:
Name: Linus Madugba
Account Number: 0561391080
Host Bank: Guarantee Trust Bank
The team is led by one Emma, who is well known as a staff of the Corps and Tosin whose staff status could not be ascertained. The victims said they believed he is real on his promise to help them get recruited into the agency because they usually saw him in the NSCDC uniform while in Jos. He told them that the “fake’ recruitment was to fill up vacant slots known as replacement.
Findings by CORRUPTION REPORTER showed that Emma last worked in the agency’s Jos command before he was redeployed to Abuja about two years ago. He is dark in complexion, with average height.
Phone number: 08106530404. He claimed to be from Nasarawa State.
On the other hand, Tosin’s phone number is 07069366531. The victims say they have not been able to have facial contact with Tosin. Emma presented Tosin as his Boss.
Narrating her ordeal to our reporter, James said “I paid a total of N70,000 to them. I had to borrow the money from weekly contribution group I belong because he promised me that we will be paid training allowance at the end of the training and induction in Abuja. I never knew they are scammers.”
About two months after the time agrred for offering the job, Emma and Tosin are demanding more money as processing fee from both ladies to facilitate issuance of their employment letter and purchase of uniforms for them.
When our reporter called both Emma to enquire about the authenticity of the purported recruitment, he insisted the recruitment was real, saying it is being coordinated by the field Commandant and the administrative depart of the Civil Defence Corps.
Media Assistant to the Commandant General, Ekunola Gbenga, said the NSCDC is not currently conducting any form of interview, training or screening. He said NSCDC recruitment process is on hold.
President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that fresh recruitment and replacement of vacant positions should be put on hold, pending the recovery of the nation’s economy at the end of COVID-19 era.
There are reports that some NSCDC staff are conniving with external agents to perpetrate the evil. Many staff of the Corps had been paraded for involving in the nefarious activities.
“Whenever such an exercise is imminent, members of the public would be duly informed through the NSCDC official website, www.nscdc.gov.ng, National dailies as well as on our official social media handles,” Gbenga said, adding that “the NSCDC recruitment process is devoid of recruitment agents, hence anyone who claims to be operating in such capacity on behalf of the Corps is a fraudster.”
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