No fewer than 1,022 people are in possession of fake letters of employment across the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Gombe State.
Aminu Aliyu, Head of Operations, Gombe Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), made this known to newsmen in Gombe on Thursday.
Aliyu explained that the agency unraveled the scam during verification of appointments.
“The state government solicited our participation which we gladly obliged. Our officers discovered that 1, 022 people were issued fake letters of appointment across all the local government areas of Gombe state’’, he said.
The EFCC official said that each candidate involved paid between N120, 000 and N150, 000, depending on the ministry of choice. “This amounts to N13.162 million,” he said.
According to him, 16 people arrested in connection to the crime will soon be arraigned.
“Those arrested and interrogated will soon be prosecuted, while four business centres involved in production of fake documents had been sealed’’, he said.
Aliyu also said that EFCC recovered N968, 000 from a wonder bank operating without license in Gombe.
Meanwhile, the North-West zone EFCC has recovered at least N54, 535,651,183.74 and another $622,200.00 (N190.1m) within the last 10 months.