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No, Nigeria’s army not recruiting via this dubious link circulating on Facebook

IN SHORT: The Nigerian army started accepting applications for the direct short service commission course on 19 January 2024. But those interested should apply through the official recruitment website, not this dodgy link doing the rounds on Facebook.

“Nigerian Army has commenced a massive intake of new applicants. Apply below and get shortlisted,” reads a Facebook post published 14 January 2024.

The post includes a link to a website with the headline: “FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PORTAL.”

A graphic attached to the post urges users to “Apply and Earn Above 500k” every month. 

While some users showed interest, others didn't believe the post was genuine, saying it was a “lie” and a “massive 419 [scam]”.

Similar posts with the same link were also published here, here, here and here

But is the army recruiting via this website? We checked.


Beware of engagement bait posts

When we clicked on the link, the site’s homepage had the federal government’s logo and gave us three options to choose from: “start federal government jobs application now”, “start federal government scholarship applications” and “federal government sponsorship to travel abroad”.

Each option took us to the same blog, which appears to list updates on jobs and scholarships in the United States. This is a classic example of engagement bait. The more people engage with the Facebook posts, the greater the reach of the link.

On 19 January, the Nigerian army announced on its official X account (formerly Twitter) that it was accepting applications for its direct short service commission course.

“PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT! This is to inform the general public that the online application for Direct Short Service Commission Course 28/2024 has commenced. All applications must be submitted online not later than 23rd February 2024.”

The post said interested candidates should apply via the army’s official recruitment website. The army also said the application was free and urged the public to “beware of internet fraudsters”.

To avoid falling victim to online scams, read our guide on how to spot them.

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