By Tony Orilade, Ag. Head, Media & Publicity, EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office on February 20, 2019, arrested one Azeez Yakubu Afolayan for impersonating the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd) and using his name to scam job seekers.
Afolayan was arrested by EFCC operatives on March 5, 2019 following complaints from one of his victims.
Trouble started for him when a staff of the Customs Service, Hasaan Garba Muhammed petitioned the EFCC, accusing him of defrauding innocent Nigerians, seeking employment into the Service. He had so far defrauded them of about N1 million.
Under interrogation, he admitted to the crime.
He said: “I started duping people since 2017 up till date, I duped about five people, I collected different amount of money from my victims and all of them used to transfer money to my bank accounts.
“I used to tell them that I will help them to secure employment with the Nigerian Custom Services, but I was just scamming.”
Some of the items recovered from him include, Nigerian Customs Service Application Forms, Customs employment letters, passports of some job seekers among others.
He will soon be charged to court.