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Nigerian Navy Issues Warning Against Recruitment Scams

The Nigerian Navy has alerted the public about scammers impersonating the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, on Facebook and other social media platforms. This warning was issued by Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, the Director of Naval Information, in a statement released on Thursday in Abuja.

Adams-Aliu emphasized that Vice Admiral Ogalla does not have a Facebook account and urged people to report any such accounts as fake through Meta’s reporting mechanism. He also expressed concern over fraudulent activities targeting individuals seeking recruitment into the Nigerian Navy.

Investigations have revealed that some individuals are exploiting the Nigerian Navy recruitment process to deceive and extort money from unsuspecting citizens. A notable case involved Mrs. Grace Elijah, who was arrested on May 9 at Landmark Hotel in Trailer Park, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, for allegedly participating in enlistment fraud. Elijah and her syndicate reportedly collected N1.4 million from 13 civilians, promising to secure their participation in the recently concluded Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) 29 Selection Board Exercise.

Elijah and other suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Police for prosecution. Adams-Aliu reiterated that the Nigerian Navy’s authentic recruitment and enlistment processes are conducted through official channels and publicized via reputable media platforms, including the official Nigerian Navy website. He stressed that recruitment into the Nigerian Navy is entirely free and that the Navy will never request any form of monetary payment from candidates during the process.

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