The Nigerian Customs Service has arrested one of most notorious fraudsters involved in online advertising scams on non-existing vacancies in government agencies.
The suspected kingpin, whose real name was given as Abubakar Rilwan, had been declared wanted by some security agencies in the country before his arrest.
A top customs officer stated: “Abubakar Rilwan, who is evidently disabled is one of the principal actors and suspect in a job/auction scam syndicate.
Whatever he lacks in physical ability, he makes up for in his exceptional ability to manipulate and swindle his victims.
“He has duped desperate job and auction seekers to the tune of over N20 million, sometimes using the services of lawyers.
“In one of his escapades, he collected money from seven job seekers in Taraba State, issued them fake appointment letters, and caused them to travel all the way to Bayelsa State for fake training. They got there before realizing they were duped.”
Rilwan is currently in the custody of the Nigeria Customs Service undergoing further investigation.
But other security agencies have also declared him wanted for related offences.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, confirmed the arrest.