Barely two weeks after distancing the service from claims that it was charging a fee for recruitment of officers and staff for the government-owned agency, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has warned Nigerians, particularly job seekers to resist applying for jobs on fake online recruitment sites being operated by online fraudsters.
It explained that the clarification had become imperative following fake NIS recruitments adverts circulating online that the service has opened its portal for another round of recruitment exercise.
The NIS Comptroller-General, Muhammad Babandede, said the agency had been inundated with several reports of unauthorized NIS recruitment websites operated by online fraudsters on social media, and such warrants the official reaction from the NIS to explain its stand.
Babandede, through a statement released to newsmen on Thursday by NIS Public Relations Officer (SPEO), Sunday James, said the repeated clarification was to avert the danger of unsuspecting Nigerians falling prey to scammers operating fake recruitments sites to defraud job seekers of their hard-earned monies.
He noted that the government-owned agency had since completion of its recruitment exercise closed the service’s portal and began scrutiny of submitted applications pending such times when successful applicants shortlisted for the job will be contacted.
“In view of the aforementioned and subsequent change of their antics by posting recruitment update that has no approval of the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the need to alert the general public of this ugly development and criminality, the service wishes to inform the public that it is untrue and fake as even the body of the update posted has a lot of grammatical errors depicting standard of a reputable service like Nigeria Immigration Service.
“The public is informed that the NIS recruitment portal has since been closed for scrutiny of submitted applications, successful candidates will be officially notified of any development via credible means of communication as the service has the details of the applicants as submitted by them with which to contact them.
“The public is to note and avoid fraudsters, any suspected case should be reported to the nearest Immigration Office or Police, Nigeria Immigration Service does not Charge Fees for recruitment in any form,” the statement read.