The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it had arrested a suspect, Egbunu Onuche, 25 for job racketeering.
The Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen on arrest of some suspects by the command.
He said the suspect was arrested on May 7 after allegedly collecting N200,000 from one Ijeoma Ebenje with a promise to secure her employment with the Nigeria Immigration Service.
Ciroma said that upon interrogation, the suspect admitted to the crime and explained that one Alhaji Musa told him that if he had anybody looking for employment that he could assist.
According to Onuche, he then informed his friend who was Ijeoma’s brother who then told her about the offer.
The suspect admitted that 16 other people paid him amounts ranging from N200,000 to N300, 000 for employment into the Nigeria Prison Service and Nigeria Immigration Service.
He explained that crisis started when on the date of the said interview and collection of appointment letters, the man who was supposed to facilitate the process asked for additional N450,000 from all the victims.
In a related development, Ciroma said the command also arrested two suspects for the production of local drink popularly known as monkey tail.
According to him, the suspects were arrested on May 7 during a raid at Apo Mechanic village, Abuja.
He said that deliberate effort was being made by the command to checkmate activities of drug dealers and peddlers because it was fueling crimes among youths.
The commissioner said that the command also arrested four suspected drug dealers in Jikwoyi, Apo, Galadimawa and Gwagwalada areas of Abuja.
The commissioner said that the command also arrested suspected armed robbers, cell phone thieves, car thieves, hand bag snatchers among others.
He said that all the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Ciroma urged the public to be security conscious at all times and to report any suspicious movements to the police promptly.