Three employees of Enugu State University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Parklane, have been caught by the long arms of justice for allegedly securing employment with forged letters, purportedly written by the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The suspects, Onuoha Gloria, Onwuameze Roseline and Thomas Nwigwe, were reportedly employed as accountant on Grade 11, Level 7, Higher Executive Officer Level 8 and chief typist CONTISS 8, Step 13, respectively, having presented letters which bore the official letterhead of the Office of the Governor and also had the governor’s signature.
Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, Spokeperson, Enugu State Police Command, confirmed the development saying that one Chijioke Nzegwu who is still at large, facilitated the forged letters after Nwigwe paid him an unspecified amount of money on behalf of himself and other suspects, to raise the letters.
The employment scam was reportedly unearthed after some employees of the hospital, who were suspicious of irregularities in the appointment of the new workers, raised the alarm.
Some reports yet to be confirmed has it that similar fraudulent employments are being recorded in other agencies and establishments in the state.
The employment scam is sequel to attempts made by fraudsters four months ago to use the governor’s identity to perpetrate fraud.
In March 2016, one of the mobile telephone numbers belonging to Governor Ugwuanyi was hacked by fraudsters. The fraudsters had made an attempt to defraud some prominent individuals in the state, who they contacted with the mobile telephone number, before the development was uncovered.
The chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Uwakwe Abugu, had to issue a statement, urging members of the public, especially those who had been contacted by fraudsters, to “totally disregard any communication extended to them through that cell phone number purporting to have emanated from His Excellency, the Governor.”
Nevertheless, the fraudsters were undeterred by the discovery of the hacking of the mobile telephone number and so targeted the governor again by cloning his Facebook account in a bid to perpetrate fraud. Mr. Abugu again had to urge members of the public to beware of the fake Facebook account.
In a statement, Governor Ugwuanyi’s spokesman said:
“Regrettably, the attention of the governor, has again, been drawn to yet another phase of suspected fraudulent activities, this time, in the social media, where Facebook accounts have been opened with the name and photograph of the governor, perhaps, with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
“This urgent announcement is, therefore, to alert and urge members of the public not to fall prey to the antics and possible nefarious activities of these suspected fraudsters.
“All official business dealings with the Enugu State Government and the governor should be transacted through the Government House, Enugu, and not through any social media platform.”