- A 37-year-old man has been arrested by the police in Niger state for posing as President Muhammadu Buhari's aide to defraud job applicants
- According to the police, the suspect, Kabiru Mohammed, defrauded 14 job seekers
- He was said to have defrauded his victims of over N4.2 million
The police in Niger state has arrested a 37-year-old man identified as Kabiru Mohammed for allegedly posing as President Muhammadu Buhari's aide to defraud 14 job applicants in Gurara local government area of the state of over N4.2 million.
The Nation reports that Mohammed was said to have deceived his victims by telling them that his boss, who is purportedly one of the special advisers to the president, had the capacity to secure employment for them in the police, the Nigeria Customs Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Navy, Air Force, Nigeria Immigration Services and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
NAIJ.com gathers that the victims - Atahiru Tukura, Bello Abubakar, Mohammed Hussaini, Rabiu Tukura, Umar Danladi, Jibrin Shagabe, Zubairu Danladi, Halidu Musa, Basiru Usman, Mustaph Shehu, Ibrahim Mustaph, Yusuf Ibrahim, Adamu Mohammed and Ahmed Salihu - said they paid between N100,000 and N800,000 to Mohammed.
Ishaya Christopher was also arrested by the police for allegedly printing fake employment letters and identity (ID) cards. He was said to have confessed that he acted as an intermediary between his unnamed boss and the victims.
Mohammed reportedly said: “Frankly speaking, I thought it was genuine, after all, nothing is impossible in Nigeria. A lot of people I know have got jobs through the back doors like this. I never knew that it was fake. It is unfortunate.
“Ninety-five per cent of jobs in Nigerian are got through the same way, or is it because these did not work out and they labelled me criminal? But if it had worked out, I would have become a hero, a man who can get jobs at will for applicants."
The police quoted him as saying: “I have nothing to regret, but my only regret was that it did not work out as planned and my hope of getting huge amount of money was dashed out."
According to the police spokesman, Muhammad Abubakar, the suspect confessed to have committed the offence with Peter James, who is on the run.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Department of State Services (DSS), arrested a 44-year-old man, Eseosasere Gift Osifo, for alleged impersonation and fraud.
The suspect was arraigned before an Osogbo magistrates’ court on September 22, 2017, for creating a Facebook account using details of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to defraud unsuspected victims.
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