Fraudsters in Gombe State have duped about 1,022 job seekers in Gombe State. The applicants were made to pay between N120,000 and N150,000 to obtain employment letters into the Gombe State civil service.
The job seekers were arrested for being in possession of fake letters of employment allegedly issued by the Gombe State Government in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Head of Operations, Gombe Zonal office of the EFCC, Aminu Aliyu, made this known to newsmen in Gombe on Thursday.
Aliyu explained that the agency uncovered the scam during verification of appointments.
“The state government solicited our participation which we gladly obliged. Our officers discovered 1, 022 people were issued fake letters of appointment across all the local government areas of Gombe State,’’ he said.
The EFCC official said that each candidate involved paid between N120, 000 and N150, 000, depending on the ministry of choice. “This amounts to N13.162m,” he said.
According to him, 16 people arrested in connection to the crime will soon be arraigned.
“Those arrested and interrogated will soon be prosecuted, while four business centres involved in the production of fake documents had been sealed,’’ he said.
Aliyu also said that the EFCC recovered N968, 000 from a wonder bank operating without licence in the state.