Job seeker pays fraudster N1million for fake employment

A job seeker, Abiola Ogunseye, has fallen victim to a fraudster who impersonated a Lagos-based telecommunications mogul, Mike Adenuga.

The suspect, Ehipboh Lucky, had reportedly opened a Facebook account, using the name and picture of the businessman.

The police said 24-year-old Lucky, via the social media platform, told unsuspecting members of the public that he could help them secure employment at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

Ogunseye was said to have shown interest in the NNPC job and initiated discussion with the suspect.

Lucky reportedly told Ogunseye to raise N1.5m so he could use it to bribe some top officials of the NNPC to get the employment.

The victim had reportedly paid over N1m to the suspect before it dawned on him that he had been defrauded.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer,  ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the fraud, said operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism unit of the command were directed to go after the suspect after the case was reported.

He said the efforts of the operatives paid off on November 6, 2017 when the Edo State indigene was tracked down.

The PPRO stated that one iPhone 6, a Dell laptop, eight different SIM cards, five Automated Teller Machine cards, and one passport were recovered from the suspect, adding that he would be charged to court after investigation.

Meanwhile, a check by Punch correspondents on the Internet showed that there could be other fraudsters impersonating Adenuga on Facebook.

As of Wednesday, a search on Facebook revealed that 13 accounts were opened with the name and pictures of the businessman.

While some of the accounts bore Mike Adenuga, others read Michael Adenuga.

A post in one of the supposed impersonated accounts asked farmers and businessmen to subscribe to an empowerment loan.

The post read, “The Federal Government is giving out empowerment loan to full-time businessmen and farmers with a little interest and percentage in conjunction with World Bank and CBN. I urge you to take this chances (sic) to better your lives. If interested, kindly notify me.”


About Don Saint

PR Guru / Author / Promoter / Controversial Writer / Hip Hop Artiste / Actor / Human Rights Activist. The First Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste to obtain a Masters Degree (M.A) in Arts ( Religion & Human Relations). The author of one of the most controversial books in Nigeria; "Emancipation from Masturbation". With over 12 Movies and 3 Musical albums since 2003. Former Events Manager at Silverbird’s Rhythm Fm Awka Station till 2010. For more info. Call : 08033239298, 08056381068.

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