Fake Nigeria’s Customs Boss Nabbed Over Recruitment Scam

Abdul-Rahman Ibrahim, The Fake Customs Boss Arrested Over Recruitment Fraud

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested one Abdul-Rahman Ibrahim, in his fifties, for his involvement in fraudulent activities and impersonation of the Comptroller-General Customs  and other high-ranking government officials.

Reports by the Punch newspaper stated that this was disclosed in a statement posted on the official X handle of the NCS today.

According to the statement, the NCS spokesperson, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, on Monday, revealed that the suspect’s arrest was made possible through intelligence gathered by the Customs Police Unit.

The statement partly read, “The suspect, Abdul-Rahman Ibrahim, was apprehended for his involvement in impersonating the Comptroller-General of Customs, Chief of Staff to the President, and the Secretary of the Ministry of Interior.

“According to the National PRO, the suspect has fraudulently lured numerous unsuspecting citizens to pay him money for the issuance of ‘job appointment letters,’ thereby extorting over N1 million from them.

“This arrest underscores the relentless effort of the Nigeria Customs Service in mitigating and combating criminal elements who exploit the service’s name for fraudulent activities.”

The statement added that Ibrahim confessed to his involvement in the fraudulent act and mentioned accomplices in the operation, which prompted further investigation to arrest and prosecute his accomplices.

The suspect was found in possession of counterfeit documents, including fake Customs and NSCDC appointment letters, and forged introduction letters purportedly signed by high-ranking government officials, among others.

In June 2023, the Lagos police arrested an alleged fake woman customs officer, Rakiya Musa, for allegedly swindling unsuspecting members of the public.

In December 2023, the management of the NCS also disclosed that there was no recruitment exercise going on in its service, and warned citizens about fake recruitment adverts posted on social media platforms.