Applicants lose N22m in state House job scam

Some job-seekers the sum of N22,350,00 (Twenty Two million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) in fake State House jobs scam.

Nemesis however caught up with members of the syndicate, Augustine Enamegbai Umogboi, Kingsley Onuh and Eleojo Josephine Idakwo in connection with the fake employment scam.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed the arrest of the syndicate by its operatives on its website Friday June 21, 2024.

The suspects were arrested separately following investigation on petitions by various victims for alleged criminal conspiracy, false representation and employment scam, according to the EFCC.

EFCC statement said the they were nabbed following investigation on petitions by various victims who were promised jobs as “Directors General” at the Ministry of Communication, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, NNPCL, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC and other Ministries.

Mr Umogboi, who claimed to be a former Staff of the State House, Eleojo Josephine Idakwo, a fake Staff of the Ministry of Information in the Registry Unit, while Kingsley Onuh, claimed that he just concluded his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, accordingly.

The statement listed other members of the syndicate as Omata Sunday and Eljayon Nigeria Limited, one of the Companies, which bank account they were using to get money from their victims.

EFCC alleged that the suspects had different account numbers of
different banks through which they were receiving the money amounting to N22,350,00 (Twenty Two million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from different victims.

The statement explained that Mr Umogboi was arrested on June 16, 2024, Idakwo was arrested on April 30, 2024, while Onuh was arrested on April 3, 2024.

Several victims narrated their bitter experience in a series of petitions written to the EFCC.

Another victim in a petition written to the EFCC recalled that “Sometime in May 2023, one of my friends, Sunday Omata approached me that one Eleojo Josephine Idakwu told him that their office in the Presidential Villa is responsible for screening applicants for the appointment of ‘Directors General’ for all Ministries and Parastatals in the current government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“As such they want me to apply for the position of Director General in the Ministry of Communication… She however gave me a condition that I must pay them Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) before they can start the process.

“Since it involves a big office, they cannot do all the contacts for free and their boss in the office requires some money too. Since then, they have been requesting all sorts of money from me with various accounts”.

EFCC said the suspects have given useful information to the EFCC and will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.

A sample of such a petition reads : “we were reliably informed that sometime around April 2023, Mr. Gabriel Kingsley Onuh notified our clients about job opportunities in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation LTD(NNPCL) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

With support of Eleojo Josephine Idakwo who claimed to work in NNPCL, they undertook to assist Mr. Toheeb Adesina and Miss Asabe Gambo to secure employment in NNPCL, as well as Mr. Tertindi Reginald Igbayue in FRSC, subject to the payment of a fee.

The statement further said it was agreed that the payment would be in two tranches-initials part payment and the balance payment when the employment letter is ready and when documentation of credentials commences”.

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