Nigerian Navy arrest impostors who specialize in defrauding recruitment candidates


Operatives of the Nigerian Navy deployed by Nigerian Navy Ship VICTORY in Calabar Cross River State have arrested one Mr Pius who has been impersonating as a Nigerian Navy officer.
The suspect was picked up around Akim Naval barracks on 7 July, 2016 for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting civilians up to the sum of  N330,000.00.
The suspect was also alleged to have collected another N50, 000.00 in cash from his victims with a promise to help them join the Nigerian Navy.
Investigations have shown that the victims are candidates in the ongoing Nigerian Navy recruitment exercise.
Similarly, the operatives of OPERATION DELTA SAFE have arrested one Prince Moses Ushi at Ughelli North LGA of Delta state. The suspect was picked up on 6 July, 2016 for impersonating as an officer of the Nigerian Navy.
Further   investigation revealed   that   the impostor had at various times posed as a Lieutenant Commander to extort money from unsuspecting civilians.
Items recovered from the suspect include one toy gun, camouflage   face   caps,   camouflage short, camouflage T-shirt, several copies of photographs/ID cards, a horsewhip and a military restriction signpost mounted on his accommodation.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Navy has alerted the general public on the activities of some criminal syndicates who are collecting money from unsuspecting civilians with a promise to help them join the Nigerian Navy.
In an official press release issued by the Nigerian Navy on 16 March, 2016 which was widely published in print and electronic media, the service warned parents, guardians and candidates to   be mindful of such transactions as the recruitment exercise is free.
“The press release then also reminded  candidates that recruitment into the Service is by merit” a statement by Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe, Director of Information stressed.


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