The Nigeria Immigration Service says job-seekers have lost an estimated sum N15 million to suspected fraudsters including personnel of the Service, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at a media chat on the NIS ongoing recruitment exercise.
He revealed that unspecified number of people have opened fake websites which look exactly like NIS with his pictures all over such as: www.immigration.gov while ours is www.immigration.gov.ng.
Babandede warned job seekers paying money out of desperation to secure employment, that immigration job was not for sale.
He said some of its officers were arrested for extorting money from desperate job seekers and handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for prosecution.
“They have collected almost N15 million from innocent Nigerians, who gave them money with a promise of jobs in the service,” he said.
“Immigration job is not for sale and, we have arrested so many people in respect of fraudulent activities and deception about our ongoing recruitment exercise.
“Just last week, I signed a letter to ICPC forwarding one Immigration officer and Correctional personnel to them for prosecution.
“Anybody, who has given money for or ask to give money about recruitment, should send details of the person or officer concerned to my email.
“If you are not satisfied, because it’s a report against us, there is SERVICOM site. Or, better still, you can go to ICPC or any anti-corruption agency near you.
“We have not sold any slot, we don’t intend to sell any slot, there will be no slot for sale,” Babandede reiterated.
The Newspaper also quoted him as saying that only 4,120 applicants would be employed by the service after undergoing physical fitness examination and credential verification.
The Comptroller-general said the list of successful applicants would be published on the NIS’ website.
He said successful candidates would be contacted through bulk emails and text messages, adding that applicants were expected to check the website for their centre, starting from Monday.
On security measures put in place to ensure candidates’ safety, he said that all NIS state officers would work with security agencies in all the six zones during the exercise to ensure safety.