NSCDC official recounts how colleague defrauded 9 naira 2.7 million job seekers

The defendant is being sued by the Independent Corrupt Crimes Commission (ICPC) on one count of fraud contrary to Section (1) (1) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offenses.

“The defendant called me on the phone to arrange 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 (NCoS), saying that she belonged to people for whom she had found employment.

“So I told him that my brother, Laurent Okafor, was interested and said the letter costs N300,000. I asked for its authenticity and she assured me that it was genuine.

“The accused told me that the employees were going to take 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 did not receive any phone calls regarding the training, then the defendant told my brother to buy shorts, canvas and go to the training school.

“The defendant gave my brother his letter of appointment and he showed some of his friends, who showed their interest” she said.

Adesegun said the accused asked friends of Okafor to pay money.

“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,” she said.

She said she reported the case to the NSCDC and the defendant paid 100,000 naira out of 2.7 million naira that she collected from nine job seekers.

The witness testified that her husband decided to report the matter to the Special Anti-Robery Squad (SARS) and that the defendant paid only N 170,000.

She added that one of the job seekers, Akachukwu reported her to the police and 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.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya adjourned the case until Dec. 6 for further testimony.

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