The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has recovered the sum of N325,000 lost by a job seeker, Innocent Okpanachi, to a fraudster in 2013.
In a statement on Monday, the spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the commission had returned the money to Okpanachi.
Okoduwa said that Okpanachi was defrauded by one Mohammed Habib, who posed as a senior officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
According to her, Habib obtained the money through a third party, now at large with the promise to secure a job for his victim him with the NCS.
“After receiving the money, the suspect allegedly issued Okpanachi an employment letter, which was later confirmed fake by authorities of the Service.
“Okpanachi later petitioned the ICPC after trying unsuccessfully to recover his money from Habib over a period of four years.
“The commission promptly swung into action and investigations revealed that the suspect had indeed fraudulently obtained the money from his victim.
“The said amount was recovered from the suspect and then handed over to the petitioner,’’ she said.
Okpanachi reportedly beamed with excitement as the money was handed to him by Mr Tunji Jabaru of the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Unit of the ICPC.
The petitioner, who said he had lost hope of recovering the money, expressed gratitude to the commission for the “wonderful job’’.
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