Alleged Fraudster Preying on Job Seekers Nabbed at Rivers State University

by Ikem Emmanuel

A man suspected of running a fraudulent scheme targeting job seekers at the Rivers State University in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, has been apprehended. The suspect, identified as Philip, reportedly promised potential victims academic and non-academic employment opportunities and then defrauded them of sums ranging from N200,000 to N450,000.

The arrest came after several months of investigation, during which the suspect was closely monitored. On October 17, 2023, an executive member of the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign identified the suspect at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Choba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. The victimized individuals who had fallen prey to the suspect’s scheme confirmed his identity, leading to his apprehension.

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The suspect allegedly claimed to have connections with influential individuals within the university who could secure jobs for certain individuals. However, it’s essential to clarify whether these claims are accurate and if any insiders were involved in this fraudulent activity.

This case highlights the importance of vigilance and caution when seeking employment opportunities, as scams targeting job seekers are not uncommon. It is crucial to verify the legitimacy of any offers and thoroughly research the individuals or organizations involved.


The suspect has been handed over to law enforcement, and investigations are ongoing. The affected individuals seek justice and the return of the money they lost in the alleged scam. The case serves as a reminder for job seekers to be cautious and conduct due diligence to avoid falling victim to such scams.

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