How Police Arrested Man Allegedly Swindling Unemployed Nigerians

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingA man, Sanusi Rahamon, has been arrested in Osun State by the police for allegedly impersonating the Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) and swindling unemployed youths.

He promises to give them jobs when Peace Corps becomes a statutory security agency and make them part with their money.

The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command that made the arrest, Folashade Odoro, said Sanusi was arrested in Osogbo, Capital of Osun State, on Monday along with eight other persons and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

Odoro said copies of certificate and identity cards of the NPC were among the items recovered from the suspect at the point of arrest.

The police spokesperson also said the suspect told police detectives that he got the Peace Corps certificates and ID cards from Abuja.

She told Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, that those arrested along with Sanusi were some of his victims who were oblivious of his pranks but desperate to be employed into the NPC.

Odoro said the preliminary investigation by police detectives revealed that Sanusi had a registered private security guard and that he had trained many youths in the state with the assurance that they would be the first set of applicants that would get letters of employment as soon as the NPC is made a conventional security outfit.

Odoro said investigation on the matter is ongoing and that the suspect would face the full wrath of the law afterwards.

She, however, cautioned unemployed youths to be wary of fraudulent individuals in their desperation to get jobs.

“This suspect obviously has been in this act for a very long time. Imagine all the identity cards found on him. He really must have swindled so many people. Osun State Police Command will not allow such people to go free. They must be made to face the fill wrath of the Law.

“Many innocent people have fallen victim to this kind of people. I can only ask youths to be very careful. Inasmuch as they are seeking jobs, they need to test all job opportunities they find so they do not land themselves in the net of people whose intent is to deceive others,” she cautioned.

“We are determined here in Osun to wipe out nefarious activities that will tarnish the image of the command and we will ensure that full investigation is carried out on this case to serve as deterrent to others who are still at large,” the Osun State police command’s spokesperson added.

National Assembly To Pass Nigeria Peace Corps Bill

Peace CorpsThe National Assembly has given the assurance that the bill for the establishment of Nigeria Peace Corps will be passed after scaling through public hearing and the third reading at the two chambers.

A member of the Senate Committee on Interior, Senator Danjuma Lar and his colleague at the lower chamber, Abdullahi Faruq on Saturday, gave the assurance at the Passing out Parade and commissioning of about 1,300 cadets of Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria is yet to get legally recognised as a paramilitary agency of government, 17 years after its establishment.

Honourable Farouq and Senator Lar advised the officers to guide their conducts at their various posts, stressing that public perception of their activities would go a long way in the passage of the bill.

Some of the cadets, who had become officers, said that they joined the Peace Corps to contribute their quota as youths to ensure peace in the society when they are posted to their respective places of service.

The new officers expressed hope that the bill, when passed into law, would ‎finally ensure job security for the volunteer officers with better funding from government to enable it fulfill the mission for which it was established.

The commissioning of the cadets marked the end of a 4-week training‎ to enable them get integrated into the officer level of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The ‎National Commandant of the Corps, Dr. Dickson Akoh, in his address, said that over 98,000 youths had been engaged in promoting peace and reducing social vices and violence among the youths and the communities.

‎Dr. Akoh also cleared the air on why the cadets were made to pay for their kits.