– Depot Nigeria Army paraded fraudsters impersonating Army officers
– The suspects were said to have defrauded unsuspecting victims of about N1.3 million -The Nigerian Army warned general public to desist making any transaction with individuals as regards soldiers recruitment Depot Nigerian Army has paraded two fraudsters impersonating Army officers and indulging in defrauding unsuspecting potential recruits of their hard earned money. Parading the suspects before newsmen in his office, the Acting Army public relations officer, Depot Nigerian Army, Lt. A. A. Adekunle said the suspects Messr Muhammad Musa and Shafi’u Yahaya were arrested near Chindit Cantonment by their Military Police after some victims raised alarm. They were arrested on Sunday, July 29, while claiming to be working in collaboration with the duo of Abubakar Sadiq Musa and Lawal Bala Abdullahi whom they claimed to be military officers and lure unsuspecting victims for the syndicate.
The spokesman added that Abubakar Sadiq Musa and Lawal Bala Abdullahi who are still at large were at no time officers of the Nigerian Army. NAIJ.com gathered that they have already defrauded eight potential recruits to the tune of N1.3 million which they have shared among themselves.
The management of Depot Nigerian Army Zaria warned the general public to desist making any transaction with individuals as regards to the recruitment of soldiers. Adekunle said the recruitment into the Nigerian Army is free and only possible through a transparent and rigorous process which starts from completion of an online registration form and subsequent screening process at the respective centres. He called on the people to be aware of the fraudsters and resist the temptation of falling victims of the fraudulent online social media platforms that request for payment for easy enlistment into the Nigerian Army, adding that doing so will be at one’s risk.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Saturday, August 4, assured Nigerians of Nigerian Army’s commitment toward unity and indivisibility of the country. He made this known at the 60th Passing Out Parade (POP) of the Nigeria Military School (NMS) held in Zaria, Kaduna state. Represented by the commandant of Depot Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Victor Okwudili-Ezugwu, the army boss said that the Nigerian Army was doing its best to restore normalcy in crisis areas across the country.