22 January 2013

Nigeria: Civil Servant, Wife Nabbed Over Employment Scam

A 43-year-old staffer of the Police Pensions Board as well as the Secretary of Police Pension Scheme in Abuja, Mohammed Jimada and his wife Rabiat Mohammed of Egyptian International School, Gwarimpa Estate, have been arrested by the police at Life Camp Police Station for allegedly duping people of millions of naira to give them employments in the Nigeria Customs Services.

A police source told our reporter that one of the victims of the alleged scam, Oyewale Ayodele reported the matter to the police at Life Camp station last Monday.

He alleged that Jimade invited him to Police Pensions Office at Jabi district in Abuja and introduced himself as one of the board members in the recruitment exercise with the Nigeria Customs Services, which made him pay N600,000 and he was instantly given an appointment letter.

According to Ayodele, he was asked to go to Custom's Ikeja Training School and on presenting the appointment letter to Customs officials in Lagos, it was discovered that the papers and appointment letter were fake and he was detained for one week.

Mrs. Rose Itodo another victim alleged that she also paid money for two of her brothers for the post of assistant superintendent of Customs Grade11, Console 8.

"When we went to Ikeja for training, after screening, they discovered that the letters with us were fake and we were arrested and driven out of the institution."

Another victim, Mrs. Odeshola Raji, said she was duped of N650,000 in the scam.

The police source alleged that Jimada's wife was the one canvassing and telling people that her husband is the chairman of a seven-man committee in charge of employment in the police, Nigerian Army, Navy, among others etc. He accused the couple of equally duping two staff of the wife's school, especially one Hindi who paid almost a million naira and was given an appointment letter signed by one Tijani, a Special Senior Assistant to the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs.

A crack team of detectives found out such name does not exist and the case was transferred to the FCT Criminal Investigation Department as more than N4.6 million was involved.

Life Camp Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Mohammed Umar confirmed the story but directed our reporter to the CID for further inquiries.

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