Nigeria’s ‘most wanted notorious job scammer’ arrested

FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria
FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has arrested one of Nigeria’s most wanted notorious fraudsters involved in online advertising scams on non-existing vacancies in government agencies, PRNigeria is reporting.

The suspected kingpin, whose real name was given as Abubakar Rilwan, had been declared wanted by some security agencies in the country before his arrest.

A top customs officer stated: “Abubakar Rilwan, who is evidently disabled is one of the principal actors and suspect in a job/auction scam syndicate. Whatever he lacks in physical ability, he makes up for in his exceptional ability to manipulate and swindle his victims.

Abubakar Rilwan
Abubakar Rilwan

“He has duped desperate job and auction seekers to the tune of over 20 million naira, sometimes using the services of lawyers.

“In one of his escapades, he collected money from 7 (seven) job seekers in Taraba State, issued them fake appointment letters, and caused them to travel all the way to Bayelsa State for fake training. They got there before realizing they were duped.”

While Mr. Rilwan is currently in the custody of the Nigeria Customs Service undergoing further investigation, other security agencies that had declared him wanted for related offences are waiting to interrogate him.

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The spokesperson of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi confirmed the arrest.

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