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Civil servant dupes applicants of N1.5m in Niger

By Wole Mosadomi

MINNA -  Nemesis has caught up with a top civil servant in Niger State government who specialises in issuing fake employment letters to innocent job seekers.

Malam Mohammed Baba Wachiko, aged 36, was said to have collected over N1.5m from eager undergraduates seeking employment.

It was reliably gathered that Wachiko was charging not less than N25,000 from each job seeker, depending on the power of negotiation.

An employer in the computer unit of the State Secondary Education Board was said to have perfected the art of signing the signature of Secretary of the Board, Alhaji Shuaibu Barde, thereby making the employment letters look faultless.

Already, no fewer than 97 job seekers have been issued with the fake letters and posted to different secondary schools across the state to teach.

The fake “secretary” was said to have taken advantage of the Graduate Employment Scheme introduced by the present state government to engage many of the undergraduates who are desperately looking for job.

The shady deal, however, blew into the open when most of those posted out with the fake letters were rejected in their various schools and consequently denied salaries for the past five to seven months since the programme kicked off depending on when they got their letters.

The aggrieved job seekers were said to have stormed the Education Board to formally protest over their non payment of which the secretary of the Board immediately intervened.


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