“Nigerian Immigration Service Recruitment 2022 – This is to inform you that NIS Recruitment 2022 has started. See Nigeria Immigration Service Recruitment Portal,” it reads. It then gives a link to a website where people can supposedly apply.
Another message tells young people to “contact Adetunji Adebayo on 08062549981” to get one of 10 youth jobs available at the service.
But are these offers for real? We checked.
‘A grand design by some fraudulent persons’
The message’s link goes to a page on a site named, oddly, Celebidentity. The page is dated 30 June 2022 and says applications for the immigration service jobs close on 31 July. Several other positions are also advertised.
On 1 July, the Nigeria Immigration Service posted a statement on Facebook warning that the job offers were fraudulent and not from the organisation. It’s headed: “BEWARE OF JOB SCAMMERS: WE ARE NOT RECRUITING”.
“The attention of the acting Comptroller General of Immigration Isah Jere Idris has been drawn to some spurious public notices circulating in some media platforms announcing a general recruitment/replacement exercise into the Service,” the statement reads.
“It is important to state categorically that the publication is nothing but a grand design by some fraudulent persons who are seeking to deceive and exploit unsuspecting members of the public into parting with their hard-earned resources for non-existent vacancies.”
The statement is signed by the immigration service’s public relations officer, Okpu Amos.
He adds that when the service does advertise vacancies, it uses “conventional and notable social media means including its website to announce recruitment exercises”.
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