28-year-old Nigerian lady, Patience Adamu, has been arrested for scamming over 50 job-seekers in Niger State.
According to the spokesperson of the Niger state Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, on Tuesday, 24th May , 2022, Mrs. Patience Adamu was arrested, alongside her husband, Matthew Samson,48.
Other suspects, Godwin Mathew,35, Emmamel David,35,and Peter Samuel,29, were paraded in the police command Niger state
The PPRO disclosed that the suspect collected #500,000 each from some unsuspecting victims for a job replacement offer of the National Examination Council (NECO) Headquarters.
Based on a tip-off on the 20th May 2022, the suspected syndicate of job scammers were sighted at a hotel in Minna , documenting some applicants for replacement into the National Examination Council (NECO) Headquarters In Minna.
Aimed with this evidence, the police operatives swung into action and arrested the suspects.
During interrogation, Mrs Adamu confessed that she had contacted about ten unsuspecting members of the public since the year 2020 till date for job replacement offers at NECO with payment of 500,000 each .
Mrs Adamu confessed further that each of the victims made half payment and paid the balance after issuing them with appointment letters.
She also stated that she subsequently arranged a fake documentation for the victims as one of them kept pressuring for the next stage of the job placement, while she invited three persons from Kaduna state in conspiracy with her husband, Mathew Samson to carry out the fake documentation.
In the course of the investigation, over 50 persons have been discovered to have fallen victims of the job racketeering with over N10million swindled from them.
13.9 million youths in Nigeria are Unemployed, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
In desperate search of employment, many young people, in recent times have fallen victim to scammers who pose as employers to dupe unsuspecting victims who are willing to pay a substantial amount of money to secure employment.
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