Fraudsters Targeting Retired Judicial Officers — NJC

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has raised an alarm over repeated attempts by some fraudsters to defraud retired Judicial officers throughout the country.

The Council claimed that the fraudsters had been bombarding its retired Judicial officers with phone calls demanding various sums of money to help them fast-track payment of their retirement benefits.

In a statement on Sunday, the NJC Director of Information, Soji Oye distanced the council from the actions of the alleged fraudsters and urged retired Judicial officers to avoid becoming victims of these unscrupulous individuals.

The statement read in part “The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to the incessant phone calls being made to retired Judicial Officers by some unscrupulous individuals demanding payments to fast track the processing of their retirement benefits.

“The National Judicial Council by this medium, informs retired Judicial Officers and members of the public to disregard such phone calls as NJC would never demand money from any Judicial Officer to fast track the payment of his retirement benefit.

“The public is hereby advised to be wary of and report such calls to the Pension Department of the Council for appropriate action”.

The activities of fraudsters have severely impacted the country’s reputation and inflicted substantial harm on their victims.

In quarter 3 of 2022, as reported by the Financial Institutions Training Centre, the total sum lost to fraudulent activities soared by 207.9 percent in Nigeria.

The report added that the sum rose to N3.6 billion in Q3 from N1.2 billion in the previous quarter, while the sum reported to be involved in fraud cases increased slightly by 9.5 percent to N9.62 billion.


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