Fraudsters Dupe Job Seekers Over N3.5m In DeltaFeatured, Ignatius Okpara, Latest News, News Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
By IGNATIUS OKPARA, Asaba – Dozens of jobless persons, mostly youths in Delta State seeking employment under the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) have fallen victim to fraudsters who duped them close to 4 millon naira.
AFRICAN EXAMINER gathered that the fraudsters allegedly issued fake employment letters to the job seekers after swindling them of an estimated sum of N3.5 million.
Our Correspondent learnt that the fraudsters had asked the desperate job seekers to pay some amount of money into the First Bank of Nigeria Plc Account Number 3029362065 for the purpose of securing employment for them in SEEFOR.
But the Director of Information, Delta State Ministry of Information, Mr. Paul Osahor, who revealed this to newsmen in Asaba monday, said the SEEFOR project did not require any payment by job seekers.
He made it clear that SEEFOR never commissioned agents to receive payment from employment seekers on behalf of government.
His statement read, “For the avoidance of doubt, the SEEFOR project neither collects money from job seekers nor did it commission agents to collect money on its behalf from job seekers.”
The police according to him, is investigating the fraud, with a view to tracking down the culprits and make them to face the music.
Speaking to newsmen, some victims of the fraudsters, who craved anonymity, said, “We were issued employment letters after we had paid N60,000 each to them through the First Bank account number.”
In her reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, said that efforts were being put together to arrest the fraudsters.
She added that the state Police Command had received a petition from the state Ministry of Information about the nefarious actions of the suspects.
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