Woman arrested for allegedly defrauding ECOWAS job seekers of N47 million

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a dismissed Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS) officer, Hajara Iyehh Egbunu, over alleged job scam.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Isah Gambo, who disclosed this on Wednesday, October 6, while parading the suspect at the police headquarters in Katsina, said Egbunu specialises in defrauding unsuspecting job seekers by selling fake employment/appointment letters.

The PPRO said the 42-year-old suspect collected N47m from some jobseekers, who were issued with fake appointment letters.

The suspect alleged collected N3.5 million from each of her victims before issuing them with the fake ECOWAS online appointment letters.

Each of the jobs offered in the fake appointment letter is worth a N3 million monthly salary, the police said. “After Mr Hamza informed his friends of this lucrative offer, they picked interest and gathered N7 million, which they transferred to Ibrahim El-Maki’s account.

“Subsequently, the suspect, Mr El-Maki, sent copies of the appointment letters to him through WhatsApp, which were later traced to be fake,” the police narrated.

He allegedly confessed to have collected the said money and gave it to Ms Iyeh Egbunu, ‘in good faith’ with intent of assisting his friends to get ECOWAS’ juicy appointments.

“Mr Elmaki cooperated and assisted the police in their investigation, which led to the arrest of the principal suspect, Ms Iye-Egbunu, who confessed to have received over N34 million from Mr El-Maki, through her bank accounts.

“But Mr El-Maki stated that Ms Iyeh-Egbunu collected over N47 from him. It may interest you to know that other unsuspecting members of the public defrauded by the suspect through the same modus operandi by Ms Iye Egbunu are still trooping to the Command Headquarters to lodge their complaints.

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