A report by Daily Trust indicates that about 500 fake appointment letters were sold at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre (NTLTC), Zaria to unsuspecting victims.
According to the report, the letters were sold at the rate of between N200,000 and N300,000 per appointment.
The fake appointments were discovered during the capturing of staff bio-data conducted recently at the NTLTC by the staff of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), Abuja.
The victims presented themselves for data capturing but were told that their appointment letters were fake.
One of them quoted in the report said: “Some of us sold our cattle to get the money to pay for the appointments. We, therefore, didn’t hesitate to disclose the names of those that sold the appointments to us. This is pure fraud. We are appealing for justice.”
The fraud was said to have been initiated by some staff of the NTLTC during the centre;s employment exercise.
Speaking on the incident, Dr Labaran Shehu, principal of the NTLTC said the racketeers carried out the fraud without the consent of the centre.
“The management did not give permission to anyone to perpetuate the fraud. They, therefore, did all they did without the consent of the management,” he said.
The public relations officer of the Kaduna state police command, DSP Yakubu Aliyu Sabo, however, confirmed the arrest of persons involved in the fraud.