Police Burst Job Racketeering Syndicate in Nasarawa

Igbawase Ukumba in Lafia

The Nasarawa State Police Command has busted a job racketeering syndicate in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, arresting seven suspects.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure at the weekend in Lafia while parading 30 suspected criminals arrested in the state recently by the Command.

The PPRO said sequel to the arrest of the fraud suspects, a complaint was lodged by some job seekers at ‘B’ Division in Lafia that they had been defrauded by officials of Quest International Company (QNet).

He identified the firm to be located on Kasuwan Tomatoes Road, Lafia, without a signpost; and was alleged to have defrauded about 20 victims of the sum ranging from N500,000 to N650,000 respectively.

Nansel added: “The victims said they were called on the phone and promised jobs, food, and accommodation with a weekly bonus of $225.

“On arrival, they were taken to a room to fill and sign some forms and thereafter made to pay money ranging from N500,000 to N650,000 for training, international passport, police report, visa to travel abroad and opening of domiciliary account.” “When nothing was forthcoming, they tried to recover their money but all proved abortive.”

The Command’s spokesman stated further that upon receipt of the complaint, police detectives swung into action and got the manager and six others arrested.

He gave names of the seven suspects arrested as Mbam Ikenna, 28; Bello Aminu, 20; Mono Peter, 23; Nwoli Sunday, 26; Abdullahi Mohammed, 28; Sadam Gambo, 25, and Sadiku Tada, 27, all males from different parts of the country.

Nansel, however, said investigation into the alleged crime was ongoing at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Lafia.

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