Job Scam: FIRS Arraign 5 Persons For Defrauding Job Seekers

Job scamFive suspected fraudsters accused of collecting money from job seekers for non-existing jobs at the Federal Inland Revenue Service have been arraigned at a Federal High Court.

In recent times, there has been an increase in the money for job scam, with fraudsters promising unemployed persons jobs in exchange for money.

In this case, the accused persons defrauded one Miss Esther Nona of the sum of N46, 000 with a promise to get her a job at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The accused persons: Alex Oki, Ogbonna Agwu, Shuaibu Mohammed, Kehinde Jamah and David Kachia all pleaded not guilty to the five counts charge against them.

Their lawyer, Ebenezer Agbadaki, further made a case for their bail. He told the court that all attempts to secure their bail since they were arrested on September 9 had proved abortive.

He urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour of his clients.

However, lawyer to the FIRS, Chinonso Edeh, told the court that contrary to what the accused persons said, the accused had been granted bail but no one came forward to secure their bail .

Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, granted all the accused persons bail and added that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than level ten in the civil service.

The sureties must produce a letter from his superior confirming his employment.

The sureties must also own a landed property in Abuja worth 10 million naira and produce evidence of tax clearance in the last three years among others.

Unemployment Is Not A Headache For Us – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has challenged the federal and state governments to map out strategies for tackling  youth unemployment in the country.

Shortly after participating in an endurance trek with 20,000 Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) cadets, trekking 5 kilometers in Osogbo, the state capital, Governor Aregbesola pointed out that service to the society which is the cardinal principle of life is dignifying and not humiliating.

He encouraged the cadets to make the best of the two-year scheme which is planned to help improve their lives as well as the economy of the state.

The members of the second batch of the OYES cadets recruited from all the local government areas in the state are expected to serve in various fields ranging from traffic marshals to sanitation coordinators, Green Gang Paramedics and teaching service between year 2013 and 2015.