The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has arrested a senior official of the Kwara State Ministry of Finance, Mrs Olajumoke Oyawoye, for allegedly defrauding jobseekers.
Among those who allegedly fell victim to the scam were a pastor and his church members.
Oyawoye, a level 14 officer in the ministry, allegedly received about N3m from her victims whom she had promised to help secure state and federal jobs.
In a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday, the EFCC said trouble started when two of the victims petitioned its Ilorin office, alleging that Oyawoye had defrauded them.
“I met her on April 27, 2018 in my church in Offa, where she informed me and other church members that she was helping people to get employment with the Kwara State Civil Service Commission and some Federal Government’s parastatals. She told me that the money for the state employment was N250,000 per slot while the one for federal parastatal job was N350,000 per slot,” the statement quoted one of the petitioners as saying.
“I met her again in Ilorin and I informed her that my children and other church members are interested in both the state and federal appointments including the Nigeria Immigration Service. She gave me three forms with the names of interested applicants. I gave her the sum of N2m and (she) said the applicants had already been employed.
“In September 2018, I discovered that all what she said was false and the people she collected money from through me were pestering me to return their money and she kept giving me a series of excuses,” the petitioner added.
The EFCC said its operatives recovered from the suspect’s home the curriculums vitae of her victims, letters of offer of appointment of both the Kwara State Civil Service Commission and federal parastatals, among others.
The anti-corruption body said Oyawoye would be arraigned after investigation.
Oyawoye is the second person to be arrested for alleged employment scam in the state.
Her arrest came after a lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Illyas Abdulwasiu, was arrested for allegedly defrauding people with a promise to get them employment in the institution.