The Niger State Police have arrested a 37-year-old man, Kabiru Mohammed, and his accomplice, Christopher Ishaya, for allegedly duping 14 job seekers in the Gurara Local Government Area of the state.
Mohammed, who hailed from Shaku village in the Lapai Local Government Area of the state, was arrested by police operatives attached to the Department of General Investigation, following a tip-off.
It was learnt that the suspect hoodwinked his victims with claims that he could enlist them into the police, customs, and other paramilitary agencies in the country.
The dupes were said to have given to Mohammed between N100,000 and N800,000.
The police said Mohammed collected a total of N4.2m from the victims for the non-existent jobs.
Northern City News further learnt that the police arrested Ishaya for facilitating the printing of fake employment letters and staff identity cards issued to the victims.
Mohammed told our correspondent that he was acting as an intermediary between his unnamed boss and the victims, who, he said, were desperate to get jobs.
“Frankly speaking, I thought it was genuine; after all, nothing is impossible in Nigeria. A lot of people I know got jobs through the back door like this. I never knew that it was fake.
“Ninety-five per cent of workers in Nigeria got their jobs through the back door. It is because this did not work out that they labeled me a criminal; if it had worked out, I would have become a hero, a man who can get job for applicants.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect confessed to have committed the fraud in connivance with one Peter James, who was at large.
Abubakar said police operatives were on the trail of James, adding that the matter would soon be charged to court.