The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, says it will prosecute job seekers and job placement agents who indulge in giving and demanding “bribes”, or other forms of gratification to secure jobs.
The commission said it has received series of petitions relating to an ongoing internet scam whereby gullible applicants are paying money for recruitment and bogus interviews into Nigeria Customs Service and expressed concern at the ease with which the general public and those seeking employment are easily duped.
“It is sad to note that despite a highly publicized joint ICPC/Customs operation early this year announcing several arrests over internet-based recruitment scams, pranksters are still at work preying on the gullible few who also probably believe in subverting the recruitment process by paying monies for recruitment,” Folu Olamiti, spokesperson of the ICPC stated.
He warned members of the public that investigation was ongoing and “the Commission will not hesitate prosecuting those who willingly lend themselves to or abet criminals to subvert the recruitment exercise through fraudulent means.”
Olamiti stressed that no government ministry, department or gency should request for applicants to pay money into private accounts to secure employment, adding that those who offer money or gratification in any form in order to facilitate employment during real or fake government recruitment exercises are as culpable as those soliciting or receiving same.
The ICPC also cautioned that applicants who procure or present fake documents like forged or altered certificates, affidavits, recommendation letters for use during recruitment exercises risk prosecution.
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