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The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a man identified as Tayo Ogunleye, for allegedly defrauding job seekers by promising them a job.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said the suspect who claims to be a marketing manager at Shoprite, Ibadan, charged his victims some certain amount of money and promised to provide them with jobs at the retailing company.
The suspect usually issued his victims fake appointment letters after they completed the payment, and went into hiding.
“The suspect, who posed as the marketing manager of Shoprite, defrauded 28 complainants by promising them jobs that never existed. He obtained various sums of money from them and to convince them, he issued several fake appointment letters on the letterhead of the multi-national company.
“His arrest at the Apata area of Ibadan on January 31, 2018, followed a complaint made against him at a police station by Yusuf Yekeen, who was one of Ogunleye’s numerous victims.”
One of the victims, who simply identified himself as Adeola, said,
“I am a building engineer and I also handle interior decoration. He took me there (Shoprite) and we went round together. He said some shops needed repairs and new ones needed to be constructed. He also said extension work would soon begin at the complex.
“He gave me the impression that he was in charge of contracting the jobs out as a manager of the company. I believed him because things were hard for me and I needed a job to feed my family. The economy of the country limits job offers for artisans like me because people are concerned with spending money on food, school fees and other more important things than building houses or fixing interiors of their houses.
“He later entered a shop and said he wanted to discuss with someone. I thought we were to enter together, but he asked me to wait outside.
“When he came out, he held an envelope to deceive me and give himself a corporate image. I did not know what was inside. He asked me to complete the payment so that I could move in and begin to work. I raised a total of N100,000 for him.”