By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A dismissed staff of the Nigeria Meterological Agency (NIMET), holder of Senior School Certificate has revealed how he scammed over 121 job seekers with the Agency’s fake employment letter.
The suspect, identified as Hamza Abdullahi Gambo ,an indigene of Karofim-Madaki of Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State
Our correspondent gathered that he was arrested in Bauchi by the operatives following complain by one Beatrice Itodo, who he allegedly swindled of a total of two million, three hundred and sixty six thousand naira (N2,366,000) through fake employment letters issued to many of her relatives purported to be by the agency.
In the course of interrogation, the suspect siad he could not remember how much he has made from the scam deal, but admitted to have made up to the sum of N5,173,000.00 from the job seekers through his bank account.
Hamza disclosed that he is a Senior School Certificate holder, employed by the NIMET in 2003, dismissed , reinstated and later dismissed finally.
The suspect ,who was a former employee of NIMET confessed to have isuued the fake employment letters and that he was paid for doing so through his Guarrantee Trust Bank Account number 0018546542.
Gambo also confessed that he issued fake employment letters to a total of one hundred and tewnty one (121) job seekers through fake letters of appointment, designed with the agency’s logo and staff signature before his arrest.
He also reveled that Itodo had paid two million, three hundred and sixty six naira (N2,366,000.00) to him through his GTB account number for fifteen job seekers initially and the fake employment letters with NIMET letterhead was issued to them through electronic mail addresses.
” I cannot remeber how nuch i collected based on individuals but the total amount is two million, three hundred and sixty six thousand naira.”
“I received the money via my account number as stated earlier .” the suspect stated .
Why being interrogated by the police detectives on what the proceeds of the crime were used for, the suspect said that he used it to build a house in Kandahar , Bauchi State with the intention of selling it to pay his victims at the end of the day .
A persusal by our reporter at the fake employment letter shows that it was dated 1st March 2021 and was signed by Rabi Mohammed D Director of Admin and Supply for the Managing Director of NIMET.
Police detectives are still conducting discreet investigations into the criminal activities of the suspect to apprehend those behind the design and printing of the fake employement letters.
The Inspector-General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba warns unemployed Nigerians desperately seeking for employment to ensure they conduct necessary checks before engaging in such ventures with private citizens for security reasons.