The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested two suspects for allegedly forging sensitive government documents and offering fake employment letters to unsuspecting job seekers.
The police said the suspects, Victor Joe (30) from Urue Offong and Nsikak Atte (27) from Okobo, were arrested following intelligence report.
Parading the suspects at the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, the Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe, said the law would take its course on the two.
The PPRO explained that the fraudsters were trailed and arrested when one of the people they exhorted and gave a fake employment letter presented it at a ministry in the state for employment.
Due to increasing cases of forgery and fake employment letters in the state, the government had embargoed the employments conducted by the immediate past government of Godswill Akpabio as it was found that most of the employment letters given out were forged.
Nwawe said the present administration in the state was therefore screening the letters to authenticate the genuine ones.
One of the accused persons, Nsikak Atte, said he went into the ‘business’ because of the hard times.
“I am here because the economic circumstances in the country drive me into it. The hardship in the country is serious and I need to meet my daily needs; like taking care of my siblings, paying of school fees for them and so on,” he said.
Nsikak, who alleged he gave the fake appointment letters to only two persons which attracted N130,000 and N90,000 respectively, added that the money helped him to take care of his mother’s sickness and his uncle’s burial.
He added: “I did it to get fund for the burial of my uncle and to pay for my siblings’ school fees. I plead that justice be tempered with mercy. I am a graduate of Business Administration. I am pleading for restitution because the police have investigated and saw that I used this money for the purpose I have mentioned.”
On his part, Victor Joe who confirmed that he collected only N3,000 for the deal, said he was approached by his friend to assist him in getting the May/June certificate.
“I am a computer operator at Vico Computers, 110 Oron road, in Oron LGA. I was in my place of work and he came to ask me to assist him, this is the first time and the only person I have printed certificate for. I cannot explain what led me into such crime. But all I am seeking is leniency,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PPRO called on the residents of the state, including job seekers and students alike to always avoid shortcuts and unverifiable means in getting employment as it could land them into trouble.