NSCDC arrests 2 for collecting N1.3m to ‘pray’ for job seeker


The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno State said it has arrested two suspects for allegedly defrauding a job seeker of N1.3 million in Maiduguri.

The state commandant, Abdullahi Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the suspects were arrested between June and July 7 at Bulabulin area of Maiduguri following a complaint by the victim, Saidu Abba-Kawo.

He said that the suspects, names withheld, allegedly connived and defrauded the victim of N1.3 million in the name of praying for him to get a good job.

The commandant said the money collected was to procure a ram, chicks and perfume; items meant to enable them conduct rituals for the victim.

“The victim sold his land and tricycle to raise the money, which he gave to the suspects to pray for him to secure a job,” he said.

According to the commandant, the sum of N580, 000 was recovered from the suspects.

The command also said it had arrested a 28-year-old suspect, (name withheld), known to be a specialist in Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card scam.

Ibrahim revealed that the suspect snatched an ATM card belonging to Dauda Makinta and withdrew about N500,000 from his account.

The suspect, he said, was in the habit of loitering at ATMs under the guise of assisting members of the public to withdraw money.

He said all the suspects would be prosecuted as soon as investigations into their cases were completed.