Friday 26 April 2013

Air force arrests recruitment fraudster in Edo

Aviation Nigeria

A suspected recruitment fraudster in the Nigeria Airforce, Mr. Kolukomo Tekena, was yesterday paraded by the Nigeria Air Force base in Benin, the Edo State capital.

The suspect, who hails from Bayelsa State, was said to have been dismissed from the Army as a Private. Parading the suspect, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Force headquarters, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, said Tekena’s arrest was due to complaints by members of the public, who said they paid huge sums of money to him to enable them join the Air Force.

Anas added that Tekena, who claimed to be a Group Captain, was in possession of military identity cards and NAF badges when he was arrested by NAF intelligence operatives in Benin City, it was gathered.

“He was arrested while attempting to collect N50,000, which he demanded from one Venture Ogbe, a candidate at the just concluded NAF recruitment exercise in Benin City,” Anas said.

Commodore Anas said before Tekena’s arrest, he forwarded a UBA account number to the victim, after which he asked him to come to Benin City from Lagos to attend the screening exercise.

“NAF intelligence operatives worked with the candidate and persuaded the fraudster to agree on hand-to-hand payment at a place of his choice”, NAF spokesman stated.

He said the suspect would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution, and warned that recruitment in NAF is never on cash and carry basis.

Speaking with newsmen, the suspect, Tekena, said it was the devil that pushed him into the business. 

He said he was enlisted into the Nigerian Army as a Private and was dismissed on ground of absence without leave.

Source: Daily Trust


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