Another set of syndicate that specializes in demanding and collecting money from prospective applicants seeking employment into the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has been smashed by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The leader of the syndicate, a Chief Superintendent of Prison (name withheld) has been arrested by the commission in connection with the alleged scam.
Preliminary investigation conducted by the ICPC revealed that the syndicate had collected N52million form over 125 applicants seeking employment into the two federal agencies.
A top government official attached to the office of the Minister of Interior and four others from the Prisons and Immigrations services alleged to have benefitted from the illegal proceeds collected from the applicants are being interrogated by the commission to determine the level of their involvement in the alleged scam.
One of the applicants had in a petition to the commission alleged that the sum of N500, 000 was collected from her to secure appointment into the NPS.
According to the petitioner, she was given an account number by the leader of the syndicate to pay the money into, but the suspect changed her mind and collected N400, 000 and instructed her to pay the balance of N100, 000 into the designated account.
The petitioner claimed that after the payment, the suspect acknowledged receipt and requested her to send a duplicate by the deposit slip and her credentials for processing, but at the end, the appointment was not given to her and the money was not refunded.
The lady suspect was alleged to be working with five other staff of the prisons and immigration services to perpetuate the corrupt act.
It was further gathered that the syndicate had realized over N52million from extortion of over 152 applicants with each of them paying between N500, 000, N250, 000 and N210, 000 into the designated accounts in two different commercial banks.
The leaders of the syndicate has made confessional statements to ICPC, admitting that she committed a crime and also named the five other staffs of the two agencies that had benefitted from the illegal deals.
When contacted, the commission’s Resident Consultant on Media, Mr. Folu Olamiti, could not be reached, as several calls made to his phone were unanswered. But a senior official in the commission who pleaded for anonymity confirmed the arrest of the syndicate.
He said that investigation was almost completed and the suspects would be charged to court for allegedly violating relevant sections of the ICPC Act.
He refused to comment further.