From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba.
Fraudsters operating across Delta State have allegedly ripped off prospective nursing students, others a whopping estimated sum of N750,000 .
In Asaba, Agbor, Ibusa, Okpanam communities, there has been hue and cry of unsuspecting students seeking admission into various nursing schools in the State, especially into nursing schools in Agbor and Asaba.
The state government had recently advertised for admission into the state schools of nursing including making it public for the sale of the admission forms.
But the State Information Director, Mr Paul Osahor in a statement issued and signed by him, a copy made available to newsmen, said four nursing schools: Warri, Agbor, Eku and Asaba are available for applicants with entry qualifications of Five Credits at SSCE/ WASC, warning that the state government did not at any time appoint agents as prospective students and whoever falls in the hands of fraudsters may have cause to regret and be embarrassment.
Fraudsters, sources said had caught in on the desperation of prospective students seeking admission into various nursing schools, especially the unsuspecting ones to rip them off of huge sums of money, while those who cannot afford money, but are beautiful female admission seekers pay dearly with their body.
It was gathered that these fraudsters modus operandi is to print letter heads of the state government with its logo indicating Nursing Schools to Woo unsuspecting students into their nets where they will rip them off between N30,000 for what they call charges for the forms and other miscellaneous before going into extra charges with them for the admission process.
Miss Ijeoma Ishima, an 18 years old girl from Kwale Community was recently duped by these prowling fraudsters in Asaba after they allegedly slept with her.
Speaking to journalists, Miss Ijeoma Ishima said:” a group of men who claimed to be working as senior civil servant came to me that they will help me for the admission into nursing school in Agbor, I gave them N30,000 and I made another payment, but discovered that the admission letter issued to me was fake when I have not even written the entrance examinations, It was one Nna Michael who runs educational center helped me to uncover the fraudsters, and I have reported the matter to the police who are now looking for them because they ran into hiding.”
But Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Chucks Orisewezie who confirmed that there have been reported cases of rip off by fraudsters to journalists in Asaba, disclosed that several suspects have been arrested, adding that the police will do everything possible to ensure those behind the act are arrested and prosecuted.
The state government had also through the Ministry of Information and its Director, Paul Osahor warned members of the public to be wary of fraudsters who pose as senior civil servants adding that efforts were being made to ensure they are arrested and prosecuted.
It was further gathered that these fraudsters do not operate without the supporting helps of insiders who allegedly assist them with necessary documents to make their deceptive move looks authentic before the unsuspecting admission seekers, a situation that has been reoccurring decimal over the years in the state.