By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Apparently angered by the antics of some unscrupulous elements working to deceive the general public, the management of IndependentNational Electoral Commission (INEC) has washed its hands clean of purported recruitment exercise by the Commission.
The disclaimer was was dropped by Barrister Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee via a press statement signed by him. It read in parts:
“The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to the activities of some fraudsters claiming to be working for the Commission on recruitment of personnel.
“These unscrupulous elements have gone to the extent of cloning the logo of the Commission and commenced soliciting for applicants to apply for jobs in the Commission.
“The fraudsters claim that they have been appointed consultants to the Commission and are reportedly asking innocent Nigerians to pay some amount of money as application fees.
“It will be recalled that the Commission had at least on two previous occasions in the last few months issued disclaimers on the matter of fake employment merchants and racketeers who open fake employment websites, collecting money from unsuspecting members of the public and issuing fake employment letters purporting to be acting on behalf of the Commission.
“The claim of being appointed consultants clearly adds a new dimension to the fake employment scam. The general public should take note that not only is the Commission not recruiting at the moment, it has not appointed any consultants or agency to recruit on its behalf.
“The Commission calls on members of the public to be cautious and not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by fraudsters. Any person who is approached by any individual or group claiming to be recruiting for the Commission should please report to security agencies”, Okoye wrote in the statement.