My colleague defrauded nine naira 2.7 million job seekers – NSCDC Officer –
A Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp officer, Nkechinyere Adesegun, told the CTF High Court in Kubwa that his colleague, Ngozi Oboh, allegedly defrauded nine job seekers worth 2.7 million naira.
Adesegun was presented Tuesday by prosecutor Suleiman Abdulkareem during the trial.
The defendant is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes Commission on one count of fraud contrary to section (1) (1) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offenses.
Adesegun said, “The accused called me on the phone to set up a meeting in the office parking lot.
“When I arrived, she opened her car locker and showed me appointment letters from the Nigerian Correctional Service, saying it belonged to people she had found employment for.
“So I told her that my brother, Lawrence Okafor, was interested and she said the letter costs N300,000.
“I asked about her authenticity and she assured me it was authentic.
“The accused told me that the employees were going to undergo training in Lagos State and that they would be informed at the prison headquarters.
“So my brother transferred the money to my account and I sent it to the accused.
“We have not received any phone calls regarding the training.
“Then the accused told my brother to buy shorts, canvas and go to the training school.
“The accused gave my brother his letter of appointment and he showed some of his friends, who showed interest.”
Adesegun said the accused asked friends of Okafor to pay money.
She added: “The friends of Okafor put their money into my account and I transferred it to the accused’s account.
“When my brother arrived in Lagos for training he called me to inform me that his employment letter was different from the others, so I asked him to leave Lagos before he was arrested.
“My brother’s friends started threatening me with their money back and I took them to the accused’s house.
“The defendant wrote an agreement with them saying that she would pay the money at the end of August 2015, but she did not.”
Adesegun said she reported the case to the NSCDC and the defendant paid 100,000 naira out of 2.7 million naira, which she collected from nine job seekers.
The witness testified that her husband decided to report the matter to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and that the accused paid only N 170,000.
She added that one of the job seekers, Akachukwu, reported her to the police and that she was arrested because of the accused and later released on bail.
The witness identified the letter of employment given to his brother in court and the defendant’s written commitment to repay.
Judge Kezziah Ogbonnaya adjourned the case until December 6 for further testimony.