The Benue State Police Command has arrested a dismissed Naval officer and two others for collecting money from unsuspecting job seekers, especially youths, under the disguise of being Naval recruitment officers.
This was contained in a release signed by the Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).
According to Mba, on 7 February, 2013 at about 5pm, based on a tip-off, a team of Policemen attached to the Benue State Police Command arrested three fraudsters: one Emmanuel David Audu 'm', a dismissed Naval personnel, Mr Adegoke Musbahu residing at Block 'F' Room 20, Abacha Barracks, Abuja, who is the leader of the gang, m' and Idowu Abraham at Habibat Hotel, Old GRA, Makurdi.
The three suspects, Mba said, capitalized on the gullibility and desperation of unsuspecting Nigerian youths by claiming to be naval officers involved in recruitment exercise for the Navy.
He said at the time of their arrest, 11 persons had already been hoodwinked into believing that they were on the verge of being recruited into the Nigerian Navy.
Items recovered from them include: two laptops, three Naval uniforms, one Naval Identity Card bearing the name of the syndicate leader, documents capturing names of candidates and the sum of one hundred thousand (N100,000.00), which Emmanuel David Audu admitted he collected from their victims, many of whom paid between N10,000 and N20,000 each to "facilitate" the recruitment process.
Mba said the ring leader confessed that since he lost his job as a naval officer he took to illegal recruitment and racketeering as his main source of income and livelihood.
He also said that the case is still under investigation at the State CID, Makurdi but would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
The police spokesperson called on members of the public to exercise caution and diligence in their quest for to pick up jobs. "Job seekers are further encouraged to always cross-check and authenticate information relating to job adverts from appropriate authorities in order not to fall prey to unscrupulous fraudsters."