The Akwa Ibom State government has said it busted a phoney job syndicate whch allegedly specialised in issuing fake appointment letters to unsuspecting job seekers.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Prof Victor Bassey Inoka, the government said the syndicate had been issuing fake appointment letters on behalf of the State Secondary Education Board (SSEB) and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
Inoka said the syndicate had collected huge sums of money from unsuspecting and desperate job seekers in the state.
It was learnt that employment into the state civil service, particularly the teaching jobs, have been characterised by complaints of racketeering with many falling victims of fraudsters.
The commissioner said the suspected syndicate leader, Mr. Okon Amah, had been apprehended and interrogated by officials of the ministry.
According to him, the suspect claimed that he was a worker in the SUBEB as well as a teacher at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Idu, in Uruan Local Government Area.
Inoka said, during questioning, the suspect claimed that he hailed from two local government areas of Uyo and Onna.
The commissioner said the suspect had been handed over to the police command for further questioning.
He advised job seekers to be wary of dealing with such people, adding that the ministry or any of its departments and agencies would only recruit through the Civil Service Commission, the only body empowered to carry out such exercise.