A certain Mr. Philip Odereghi Oghogh, has been arrested for allegedly defrauding some job seekers between N200,000 and N450,000, with fake employment promises in Rivers State.
Oghogh was accused of promising his alleged victims employment in the Rivers State University, as academic and non-academic staff.
His arrest on Tuesday, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Choba, was confirmed by the spokesperson of the State Police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, who promised to give details on the arrest.
Narrating how the employment scam syndicate was arrested, National Coordinator of Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, Mr. Prince Wiro, said the suspect was arrested following months of trailing.
Wiro noted that the issue of the alleged fraud came to the attention of human rights desk, last year December, and that the organization had since been monitoring activities of the suspect.
He said, “fortunately on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, an executive member of the organization acting on credible intelligence cited the suspect inside the premises of UPTH and raised alarm which attracted the hospital security that arrested the suspect.
“We want to call on the Rivers State University to make a clear statement on the claims by the suspect that he is working with some powerful persons in the institution to give people employment.
“We are demanding that the matter be investigated thoroughly and if the suspect is found culpable, he should be made to face justice.”
One of the alleged victims, Otavaino Stephens, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of others said, “The man Philip said he works with Rivers State University directly that is why we were confident to work with him.
“He said we are meant to pay 250,000 naira each to get the Job since he is working with the school directly. With the Confident that he is working with them, He said we will transfer the money to him.
“Some of us paid cash, some paid with transfer. Myself and other persons I am aware of, who I brought, he collected 200,000 naira each from us.
“The one I am aware, we are more than fifteen persons, all this while we have been waiting for the employment to come, to no avail. We have being calling, calling, he will say we should hold on that next, next month, things like that.
“We paid him money since last year March/April. We want him to pay us all the money that he has taken for the job he said he will give us that he has not given to us. He collected from some persons 450,000 naira, some 300,000 naira, some 250,000 naira.”
TNN gathered that as at press time, the suspect was being conveyed to Choba Police station after he was handed over to the Police by the institution internal security who came to the hospital following calls to Rivers State Police control room.