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A suspect, Mr. Isah Ade-Jimoh, who had allegedly been duping unsuspecting members of the public under the guise of recruiting them into the Nigeria Police Force, has been arrested by the Kwara State Police Command.
Also arrested is one Ibrahim Oladele, who allegedly claimed to be a lecturer at the University of Ilorin. He was said to have duped an admission seeker, Mr. Olawuyi Olufemi, of N450,000.
The new Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Esosa Amadesu, while parading the suspects on Monday in Ilorin, said Ade-Jimoh was arrested when a team of detectives from the command’s Special Investigation and Intelligence Bureau swooped on the suspect at a Cyber Café on Muritala Mohammed Way, Ilorin.
He said, “The suspect had displayed a signpost advertising the sale of police recruitment forms. The suspect also advertised forms for the recruitment into the Nigerian Army.
“In the course of searching the Cyber Café, the detectives recovered four printed fake police recruitment forms; one
laptop; two central processing units; one monitor and two universal modems and other documents suspected to have been faked.”
Amadesu urged that members of the public not to fall prey to fake recruitment syndicate, adding that the police would inform the people when they were ready to recruit the 10,000 personnel as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The CP further said while on intelligence gathering, the operatives arrested Oladele of the Tanke Akata area of Ilorin.
He said the suspect had been allegedly defrauding unsuspecting admission seekers into universities and other tertiary institutions.
“The news of his arrest attracted some of his victims among whom was one Olawuyi Olufemi of Offa Garage area, who the suspect had defrauded to the tune of N450,000 with the promise of securing him an admission at the University of Ilorin, where the suspect had claimed he was a lecturer,” Amadesu said.
The CP also paraded other suspects for armed robbery, membership of unlawful confraternity and kidnapping.
The CP said Oladele had confessed to the crime, adding that he and Ade-Jimoh, would soon be arraigned.
Oladele said he engaged in the act to help people, adding that he would not be involved in admission racketeering again if he was set free.
Ade-Jimoh said, “The recruitment forms were got a few months ago after we got the information that 10,000 police personnel were to be recruited.”
While claiming that he was merely selling the forms, he, however, could not explain who authorised him to sell the forms.