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Police in Niger have arrested two men allegedly specialized in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public on the pretense of giving them employment.

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Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr  Dibal Yakadi, made this known in an interview with journalists in Minna on Friday.

He said that the suspects – Elija Olawale, 40, of Engusu, Kwara and Timothy Oyewole, 25, of Ede, Osun, were nabbed on Oct. 17 for allegedly duping one George Elada of National Examination Council (NECO) Headquarters, Minna.

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Yakadi said that suspects also duped six other persons of N1.5 million.

He explained that Oyewole impersonated Head of Department, Human Resource, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Kaduna, and promised to offer the victims appointment in the Corporation.

According to him, the duo collected N350, 000 from Elada alone, and failed to give employment to him and the other persons as promised.

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“We recovered the sum of N 1.5 million from the suspect, which he obtained from the seven people,” Yakadi said.

He said when the employment was not forthcoming, Elada reported the matter to the Command which promptly put the suspects under surveillance.

He said operatives of Security Intelligence Bureau (SIB) in the command trailed the suspects to Akure, Ondo state, where they were apprehended.

The commissioner advised the public to refrain from giving out money to individuals with the intention of securing employment for them.

He also advised them to desist from disclosing information directly or indirectly related to their bank accounts, saying that many people had fallen victims and lost huge sums of money to unscrupulous elements.


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