Fake State House Staff Nabbed Over N22m Employment Scam

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC)1 have arrested a syndicate of fake State House Staff for alleged criminal conspiracy, false representation and employment scam

EFCC’s head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Friday, disclosed that the suspects were arrested separately 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.

TheFact Daily gathers that the suspects are: Augustine Enamegbai 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 and Kingsley Onuh, who also claimed that he just concluded his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

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Others are Omata Sunday and Eljayon Nigeria Limited, one of the companies which bank account they were using to get money from their victims.

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

Umogboi was arrested on June 16, 2024, Idakwo was arrested on April 30, 2024, while Onuh was arrested on April 3, 2024.

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

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.

“It was agreed that the payment would be in two tranches: initial part payment and the balance payment when the employment letter is ready and when documentation of credentials commences”.

Another victim in a petition written to the EFCC narrated stated that one of his friends, Sunday Omata, sometime in May last year approached him with information to the effect 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, and wanted him 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”, the victim said. “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”.

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

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