By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dismissed as fake news purported news suggesting that the commission has engaged consultants for recruiting personnel.
A statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja, signed by INEC national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education, Barr Festus Okoye, said the fraudsters have gone to the extent of cloning the logo of the commission and commenced soliciting for applicants to apply for jobs in the commission.
Okoye said the fraudsters claim that they have been appointed consultants to the commission and are reportedly asking Nigerians to pay money as application fees.
The statement reads in part: “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.”
He, however, called 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,” he added.