The syndicate had branches in various states.
The Nigerian Police Force has smashed a fake recruitment syndicate known as Universal Response and Rescue Support Foundation (URRSF) purported to belong to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN).
The organization, which has an illegal training camp in Lagos, with branches in Ekiti, Cross River and Imo states, as well as Abuja, and claims to be in charge of recruitment for the UN, had hoodwinked many Nigerians into parting with their money, the Nigerian Police said in a statement signed by Frank Mba, its Force Public Relations Officer.
Mr. Mba said at least N7 million has been extorted from victims. The website being used by the syndicate is highlighted to be http://www.universalrescuecorps.com/
“Currently, three (3) members of the syndicate have been arrested namely: Lemmy Odogwu ‘male’ 35 years, Michael Abraham ‘male’ 45 years and Innocent Prosper ‘male’ 35 years and will soon be arraigned in court on charges of criminal conspiracy, impersonation, cheating and forgery.
“Items recovered from the suspects include: 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” he added.
Noting that the arrest of these scammers is a testimony to the administration’s commitment to the fight against all forms of crimes in our society, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, pledged to re-double efforts at ensuring that positive gains at reducing crimes by the police and other security agencies in 2013 are sustained and improved upon. 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.
Mr. Mba said the police boss commended the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Interpol Unit, particularly the team of investigators involved in the case, for their dedication and professionalism; and enjoined the citizens not to have anything to do with the organization (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.