By Peterson Ibi/Benin
The police in Benin, have arrested a retiree, Mr. Micheal Oshodin, for allegedly duping over 25 individuals seeking employment with the University of Benin.
The 59-year-old suspect, who is a former staff of Stores and Supply Department of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), was paraded at the Edo State Police Command on Friday for duping unsuspecting employment seekers.
Oshodin was alleged to have collected huge sums of money from the people whom he promised to help secure employment at UNIBEN.
Speaking to journalists at the Edo Police Command headquarters in Benin, the suspect said he was contracted by one Christy Ikeke Oni, a staff of UNIBEN in the Department of Theatre Art, to recruit employment seekers.
He said the said Christy died two months ago after he had given her all the money he collected from his victims.
“The people have been begging me to help them find jobs and I decided to help them when opportunity came. I gave Christy all the money I collected from them. She [Christy] died two months ago. That was why this problem came up.
“I was walking inside UNIBEN when one of the victims saw me and raised alarm. I gave the deceased UNIBEN staff N1.2 million. I already told them I will pay them back, but I need little time,” he said.
Among those also paraded by the police were 12 kidnap suspects, 36 armed robbery suspects and 94 cultists.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. DanMallam Mohammed, who paraded the suspects, also disclosed that 12 kidnap victims were rescued by the police operatives.