Due to the spike in fake job adverts in Lagos Mainland and across the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to work with security agencies to check the spate of fake job advertisements in the state.
The call followed a motion moved by a member of the House, Hon. Abiodun Tobun at the Assembly on the security challenges emanating from such fake adverts that were pasted on street walls in the state.
Tobun prayed the House to call on Ambode to direct the Commissioner of Police, Department of State Services and the State Neighborhood Safety Corps to curb the activities of scammers who defraud job seekers.
According to him: “This motion is borne out of conviction. If you go around Lagos, you will be amazed seeing the number of adverts of jobs that are non-existent with a view to luring unsuspected youth into their dens.”
The lawmaker added that some victims of the fake job adverts get kidnapped, raped or even die in the process.
“Ritual killers also use that as a strategy. It is time to track down this and ensure that it is nipped in the bud,” Tobun, the Acting Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, said.
While corroborating Hon. Tobun, the Acting Chairman, House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Rotimi Olowo, said: “When population is moving geometrically and job is growing arithmetically, there is going to be vacuum. They come up with strategy to recruit and maim and kill.
“I am worried as a politician because 2019 is around the corner, people will believe the politicians are the ones who need human parts.”
Meanwhile, Hon. Olowo stated that the Lagos State Signage and Advertisements Agency must ensure scammers are detected.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, said: “It is not out of place to seek for jobs but the situation has turned upside down. I strongly believe that the neighborhood safety corps is not doing enough in this aspect.”
Hon. Obasa, however called on the corps to verify claims on adverts placed on walls and liaise with the police in intelligence gathering to address the trend.