On the 30th day of June, 2017 actionable intelligence was received that a group of people were selling forms to unsuspecting members of the public to be recruited as Law Enforcement Officers using the guise of employment.
Therefore, detectives were mobilized to the scene a veranda in a storey building along Atiku Abubakar Way, Uyo where 16 persons (10 males and 6 females) were arrested and the following items were recovered from them: physical cash of N199,800 and two set of forms for Empowerment and Surveillance.
The group operates with the name “Niger Delta Youths, Women and Security Movement for Buhari”. Investigation revealed that, the group’s (membership and surveillance) sold forms were purchased at the rate of six thousand naira (N6,000.00) and N15, 000.00 respectively.
It was further revealed that the group tricked applicants into believing that those applying for security jobs will be trained by the Nigerian Army and on completion will be posted to the Nigerian Navy, Police Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Department of State Services, for the purpose of pipeline surveillance and protection.
It was also revealed that the purported recruitment started in 2015 with membership drawn from all the LGAs of the state, with one Felix Obonka from Delta State said to be the mastermind of the group.
He and his cohorts gulled members into believing that they would become trained artisans and proud owners of shops at the end of the programme. However, the syndicate has not trained nor given shop to any persons since 2015.
The group is an unregistered organization which perpetrates all sorts of criminality. They are simply using the name of president Buhari to scam and defraud innocent members of the public as none of the members belong to any registered political party.
The 16 suspects will be arraigned in the court. Meanwhile, the leaders of this syndicate have gone into hiding in futile effort to escape justice. They will all be fished out and prosecuted.