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Bogus UN syndicate bust

03 January 2014, 17:36

Abuja - Police announced they had smashed a fake recruitment syndicate purportedly belonging to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

This led to the arrest of three members running the scheme under the auspices of the Universal Response and Rescue Support Foundation (URRSF).

Police identified the suspects as Michael Abraham (45) Lemmy Odogwu and Innocent Prosper (both 35).

They will soon be arraigned in court on charges of criminal conspiracy, impersonation, cheating and forgery after items including 181 copies of unfilled recruitment forms with UN logo, 20 photograph copies of URRSF members in paramilitary uniforms, a booklet containing lists of recruitment and phone numbers of intending members of URRSF, one Toyota Sequenda Jeep with registration number BGT 151 AA and other incriminating items were recovered.

URRSF allegedly has an illegal training camp in Lagos and branches in Ekiti, Cross River and Imo States as well as Abuja.

It allegedly claims to be in charge of recruitment for the UN and according to police, had exploited the gullibility of the Nigerian youths to hoodwink many able- bodied citizens into parting with their money.

So far, an estimated sum of N7million has allegedly been extorted from their various victims.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the arrest was in line with Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar’s sworn resolve to make the country safe and secure for citizens.

 “The arrest of these scammers is an eloquent testimony to his Administration’s commitment to the fight against all forms of crimes and criminalities in our society,” he said.

He advised prospective job seekers to always seek confirmation from appropriate authorities on all job-related promos and adverts in order not to fall prey to scammers.
Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Interpol Unit, particularly the team of investigators involved in the case for their dedication and professionalism.  

“He also enjoins the citizens not to have anything to do with URRSF since it is not part of the United Nations system and whatever recruitment it engages in on behalf of the UN, is a scam,” said Mba.

- CAJ News


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