EFCC arrests man for impersonating Customs boss, Hameed Ali

Four docked for stealing items worth N.7m at Apapa port
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one Azeez Afolayan for impersonating the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, and using his name to allegedly scam job seekers.

EFCC spokesman Tony Orilade made this known in a press statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

The commission said that Afolayan was arrested by EFCC operatives in Ilorin, Kwara, following complaints from one of his victims.

“Trouble started for him when a staff of the Customs Service, Hasaan Muhammed petitioned the EFCC, accusing him of defrauding innocent Nigerians seeking employment into the service.

“He had so far defrauded them of about N1 million. Under interrogation, he admitted to the crime,” Oriade said.

According to the statement, Afolayan confessed that he “started duping people since 2017 up till date”.

“I have duped about five people. I collected different amount of money from my victims and all of them used to transfer money to my bank accounts.

“I used to tell them that I will help them to secure employment with the Nigeria Custom Services, but I was just scamming,” the suspected was quoted as saying. 

Some of the items recovered from him include Nigeria Customs Service job application forms, fake employment letters and the passport photographs of some job seekers.

“He will soon be charged to court,” the EFCC spokesman stated.