By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), is embroiled in series of employment scandal which is not going down well with some of the top officials involved in the deal, this paper can authoritatively report.
The AUTHORITY gathered that sometime in 2020, top officers at the commission sent one of the staff identified as Ibrahim Akhiroro to reach out to job seekers who are interested to part with some amount of money that there was jobs replacement exercise that go for a fee.
The mastermind who allegedly connived with his immediate boss collected N150, 000 each from the applicants as deposit that after the appointment in January, 2021, the balance of N250,000 would be paid, making it N400,000.000 for each person, which gulped N3.2 million for 8 persons.
Things started falling apart as the time given to the job seekers elapsed and they were neither given the job nor their money, which the syndicate and his reported bosses failed to explain.
Findings by The AUTHORITY revealed that the syndicate works at the Intelligence department of the commission, which checks showed that he was working under instruction of some senior officials.
A document at the disposal of this paper shows that in November, 2020, there was an agreement between the syndicate and the victims at the commission’s office in Wuse Zone 3, that appointment letters would be given to them by the end of December, the same year,
However, one of the FRSC officials identified as Mustapha Saliu Ibrahim in the Intelligence unit, signed as a surety to the syndicate on January 8, 2021.
On the surety letter, obtained by The AUTHORITY, Ibrahim said, “I Mustapha Saliu here by stood for Ibrahim Akiroro to enable him pay off or give the job he promised them at the end of March, 2021”
The victims on April 30, 2021 wrote a letter titled, ‘complain over cheating and criminal breach of trust against Ibrahim Akhiroro aka Brima’ though there was no action from either the police or FRSC as of the time of filing this report.
A telephone conversation on Sunday, with one of the officials, Mustapha Saliu Ibrahim who said he works with the intelligence unit, confirmed the development.
He said, “yes, my name is Mustapha Saliu Ibrahim. I work with Intelligence unit, Ibrahim is one of my colleagues in the office, he has been brought to book”
On the nature of punishment given to the syndicate, Mustapha declined further comment.
Reacting to the job racketeering, spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Bisi Kazeem, said he was not aware of job racketeering.
According to him, cases of job scam are all over the places that is why they always placed advertisement warning members of the public.
He explained that, “I am not aware of job racketeering but we have been warning the public to steer clear of 419s, if any individual has been duped and he or she has evidence, he can bring it, so that we can pick it up. The last employment we had was about two years ago” he said.