Parading the suspects before newsmen, the Acting Army Public Relations Officer (APRO), Depot Nigerian Army and Nigerian Military School (NMS), Lt. Adekunle Adeyemi said, the suspect have paraded selves as top ranked army officers with great influnce with regards to recruitment into army.
“These suspects indulged in defrauding unsuspecting potential recruits of their hard earned money. They use the social media and proxies to lure their victims to pay them money as inducement on the promise of assisting to get them recruited into the Nigerian Army.”
Given a details of the arrest, Lt Adeyemi said, the arrest was possible when some victims raised an alarm which let to immediate action that yielded positive result.
“The arrested suspects claimed to be working in collaboration with the duo of Abubakar Sadiq Musa and Lawal Bala Abdullahi whom they said paraded themselves to be military officers and lure unsuspecting victims for the syndicate.
“I want to state unequivocally that Abubakar Sadiq Musa and Lawal Bala Abdullahi who are currently at large were at no time officers of the Nigerian Army.
“The arrested suspects attested in their confessional statements to have so far defrauded no fewer than eight potential recruits to the tune of N1.32 million which was shared among themselves. Out of all the money they have collected, only a total of N163,000 was recovered from the suspects in cash.
The Depot NA then use the occasion to ring the public that, recruitment into the Nigerian Army was free and only possible through a transparent and rigorous process which started from completion of online registration form and subsequent screening process at the respective state recruitment centres.
Adeyemi therefore called on the general public to be aware of the nefarious activities of fraudsters and resist the temptation of falling victims of fraudulent online social media platform that request for payment for easy enlistment.