By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Luck ran out of a suspected member of fake employment syndicate known as Mr.Kelvin Akaa, when one of his victims saw him in a bus and raised alarm that led to his arrest in Port Harcourt by operatives of Choba Division of Rivers Police Command on Saturday
It was learnt that Akaa has been presenting himself as a staff of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) to desperate job seekers, with promise that he can help them get employment at the institution at a fee. But he usually disappeared and unreachable after collecting money from his victims.
However, one of his victims, Nsongurua Dan, who had been searching for him, boarded the same bus with him on Saturday.
On sighting him inside the bus, she raised alarm which led to his arrest
Speaking to journalists after the arrest, Nsongurua narrated how she was scammed by the suspect: “His name is Kelvin Akaa. And what actually happened was that when I was doing my business,I met him, in the process and he told me there was vacancy at UPTH and he demanded a certain amount of money that he said the management require that we(applicants) should pay before they can give me appointment letter.
“I paid 410,000 naira. After the payment,I did not hear from him again for a long time only for me to meet him today, Saturday, at Abuja Campus. So I called attention of Sheriff at UNIPORT and from UNIPORT the sheriff notified the Police men at Choba, that is how they apprehended him.
“When we arrived as the Police station the same vehicle in Abuja campus. At the Police station, we were informed that a similar case concerning the fake employment had been reported there.They also said that other victims are also looking for him”.
The Spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko has not responded to text messages sent to her mobile phone on the matter at the time of filing this report.