THE Calabar Free Trade Zone in Cross River and Akwa Ibom Area Command of the Nigeria Customs services (NCS) have arrested three suspected job syndicates.
From Idongsit Ekpot Uyo
The Customs Area Comptroller in Charge of Calabar Free Trade Zone and Akwa Ibom Area Command, Mrs. Patience Burromvyat said that the suspects were arrested last month in Calabar.
Burromvyat explained that the suspects were arrested for issuing fake customs recruitment letters to unsuspecting members of the public and duped them of large sums of money in the process.
She further explained that the arrest was made possible through a tip-off by concerned members of the public and sustained surveillance by officers of the command. “Their method of operation involved opening a fake website on which they advertise recruitment exercise purportedly by NCS to attract innocent job seekers who are then duped of various sums of money.
The Customs Area Comptroller seized the opportunity to advise members of the public, especially job seekers, to beware of internet fraudsters who ask for money to give jobs.
She said that recruitment into the Nigeria Customs Service will be advertised in the media at the appropriate time by the headquarters.
One of the suspects, Efiong Umoh whom the NCS described as principal suspect said in an interview that he got the link through a friend on Facebook.
Meanwhile, the Customs boss said that they would be charged to court after investigations to serve as a deterrent to others.