By Uche Amunike
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed that it has no intention of conducting aptitude tests for applicants, warning that the news circulating on social media that the Corps will conduct aptitude tests across the 36 states in the country and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on January 8 for applicants was fake and should be ignored.
This information was given by NSCDC Spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu who further warned Nigerians not to fall victims to these fraudsters responsible for peddling such untrue statements, taking advantage of the just advertised NSCDC 2022 recruitment exercise on its website.
The fake and misleading statement made by fraudsters read thus: ‘The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board wishes to inform the general public that the Computer Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will hold on the 8th of January, 2023 in the 36 States of the federation and FCT. Nigeria Civil Defence Update on CBT Exams Date, Venue and Time
The Nigeria Immigration Service, on Friday, advised all shortlisted candidates for the CDCFIB Computer-Based Aptitude Test to start checking their email addresses/phones for their exam centres notifications as from midday’.
In a statement signed by Odumosu, however, he debunked the false statements, saying: ‘The NSCDC wishes to state clearly and categorically that this message is fake, misleading and a calculated attempt by fraudsters and cyber criminals to take advantage of the recruitment process to extort unsuspecting applicants of their monies by causing panic and creating unnecessary tension with the said write up.’
‘Members of the public and desperate job seekers are hereby warned not to fall victim to extortions and job scams through a grandiose attempt by job racketeers to misinform and confuse them into parting with different sums of money in the name of helping to shortlist them for the Aptitude Test and getting placement in NSCDC’.
‘NSCDC seizes this window to send a strong warning to those elements behind the fake news, that the Corps’ cyber experts have been directed by the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR, to go after the masterminds of this fake information and very soon they will be fished out.’
‘Fraudsters are, therefore, warned to be ready to face the full wrath of the law if they don’t desist from this criminal method of amassing wealth at the expense of desperate job seekers who are vulnerable and can easily fall prey due to their antics and their anxiety to get jobs.’
‘The public should be informed that the NSCDC recruitments, enlistment and promotion exercises are coordinated and supervised by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, Immigration Service Board (CDCFIB) under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.’
He called on all job seekers to remain calm and patient to avoid being victimized by unscrupulous elements, maintaining that it was better for them to get authentic updates and information on the recruitment process.