By Evelyn Usman
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has warned members of the public to be wary of individuals who pose as agents working for the corps in its recruitment exercise, saying suchÂ individuals were bad elements in the society who use such means to extort unsuspecting applicants.
Following an advertisement on the recruitment exercise by the Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Boards, last month, some unscrupulous individuals have reportedly hijacked the opportunity by acting as agents to the corps for the exercise. These agents, as gathered, have offices in rented apartments and shops spread across the nation where they sell printed recruitment forms to prospective applicants for N1500 .
It was against this backdrop that the Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin, emphatically stated that neither the Board nor the Corps employed any individual or group of individuals as consultant for the purpose of the exercise, saying whoever falls prey does so at his own peril.
According to Abolurin, the policy of the board concerning recruitmentÂ â€œremains the Boardâ€™s policy and it has not changed. Therefore, the Corps cannot work contrary to its policy and decision.
The requirement, as published, is for prospective applicants to write an application letter and submit same to any of the Civil Defence offices in the local government area nearest to them and not to the state command, zone or national headquarters.
â€œOn no account should any applicant pay any money to anybody or obtain formÂ for the purpose of recruitment. Whoever does so,Â does it at his own peril as the Corps will not take liability for any contrary result,â€ he stated.
He, however, enjoined prospective applicants who might have fallen victims to the false agents to report to the nearest security agency formation and also calledÂ on the general public to report anyone found extortingÂ money from for the recruitment purpose to the nearest NSCDC formation.