Sokoto — The Nigeria Civil Defence Corps Sokoto State Command has recovered the sum of N700,000, which a security man was alleged to have stolen from his employer.
The incident was said to have taken place at about 11:00pm last Monday January 21, 2013 speaking on the incident, the Commandant of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Sokoto State, Aliyu Muhammad Yusau, said when the crime was reported to them by Malam Ahmad Abubakar Tambuwal, they went into action and alerted all their divisions. Some of the divisions share border with Niger Republic. The security man claimed to hail from the neighbouring country.
"Our efforts were crowned with success. From the manifest of the vehicle boarded by the security man at the motor park, we stopped the vehicle where it was about crossing. Unfortunately, the man, sensing trouble quickly jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the bush. The money that he stole from Malam Tambuwal was found in the vehicle and was retrieved," he stated.
The commandant said his agency would continue to investigate the suspect through its inter-boundary collaboration with other security outfits.
He appealed to the members of the pubic to source their security guards from registered private security companies, pointing out "the approved private guard companies are register and we monitor their activities .When they recruit their personnel, we give them training. We make sure that those companies submit the bio-data of all their operatives."
Aliyu stressed "people should not pick just any watchman from the street, because they may not know their history; they also don't know their antecedents. I think with this, we will be able to reduce this kind of incidence to the barest minimum".
The command has handed over the money to Malam Ahmad Tambuwal. Tambuwal expressed gratitude to the Civil Defence corps for recovering his money, which he said, he used for business.
In another development, the commandant disclosed that on January 21, 2013, his meant received a complaint from the Sokoto State Ministry of Works concerning an employment racketeering syndicate. The criminals specialised in collecting money from job applicants.
According to him, the money ranged between N 30,000 and N50,000, depending on the nature of job being offered.
"Having received the complaint, we went into action and our effort was crowned with success. It led to the arrest of two suspects. We want to bring to the notice of the public to be wary of this kind of fraudsters as we are convinced that the government of Sokoto State and indeed all agencies of government do not require and do not solicit for any money to offer employment. This is just a gang of fraudsters who are out to make money out of nothing", he stated.