More suspects have been arrested in connection with the recruitment scandal into the Nigeria Customs Service. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, which revealed this in a statement yesterday, said investigation was still ongoing, but called on job seekers to beware of individuals or agents who claimed to be well connected to people in high places to defraud them of their hard earned money.
According to the statement, ICPC has received numerous petitions relating to an ongoing internet scam wherein gullible applicants are paying money for recruitment and bogus interviews into Nigeria Customs Service. The statement reads: “It is sad to note that despite a highly publicized joint ICPC/ Nigeria Customs Service early this year announcing several arrests over internet-based recruitment scams, pranksters are still at work preying on the gullible few who also probably believe in subverting the recruitment process by paying monies for recruitment.
“Members of the public should note that investigation is ongoing and further arrests have been affected. Notice is hereby given that no government Ministry, Department or Agency requests for payment of money into private accounts to secure employment.
“Therefore, persons who offer money, or gratification in any form in order, to facilitate employment during real or fake government recruitment exercises, are as culpable as those soliciting or receiving such monies or gratification by way of scams or bribes. No matter how long it takes such applicants who succeed in getting appointment will be found out and prosecuted.”