BY CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA—The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, yesterday, revealed that it had made more arrests in connection with the recruitment scandal into the Nigeria Customs Service.
The commission said that investigation was still ongoing, but called on job seekers to beware of individuals or agents who claimed to be well connected to ppeople in high places to defraud them of their hard earned money.
The commission in a statement by Resident Consultant (Media and Events), Folu Olamiti, threatened to prosecute whoever was caught taking or offering money or gratification in any form to secure employment.
The statement read: “ICPC has received numerous petitions relating to an ongoing internet scam wherein gullible applicants are paying money for recruitment and bogus interviews into Nigeria Customs Service.
“It is sad to note that despite a highly publicized joint ICPC/Nigeria Customs Service early this year announcing several arrests over internet-based recruitment scams, pranksters are still at work preying on the gullible few who also probably believe in subverting the recruitment process by paying monies for recruitment.
“Members of the public should note that investigation is ongoing and further arrests have been effected. Notice is hereby given that no government Ministry, Department or Agency requests for payment of money into private accounts to secure employment.
“Therefore, persons who offer money, or gratification in any form in order, to facilitate employment during real or fake government recruitment exercises, are as culpable as those soliciting or receiving such monies or gratification by way of scams or bribes.
“No matter how long it takes such applicants who succeed in getting appointment will be found out and prosecuted.”
“ICPC will continue to remind the public, especially those seeking employment, that the Commission will not hesitate prosecuting those who willingly lend themselves to or abet criminals to subvert the recruitment exercise through fraudulent means.
“Similarly, persons and applicants who procure or present fake documents like forged or altered certificates, affidavits, and recommendation letters for use during recruitment exercises face prosecution.”