One of Owoyale's victims reported him to the Lagos State Police when she suspected foul play.
The Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command is currently investigating a man named Abayomi Owoyale, who has been accused of selling fake appointment letters showing an offer of employment by the Federal Ministry of Education.
According to Punch, not less than 21 people have fell victim to Owoyale's deception. The people were said to have given him money to secure teaching jobs.
Owoyale reportedly began the fraudulent trick on March 16, 2016, in Agbado, Ogun State.
There he announced to unsuspecting victims that a senator in Abuja gave him 50 appointment letters to sell to people who are interested in teaching in Federally owned secondary schools.
Punch also reported that the appointment letter stated that the victims will resume work on May 9, with an annual salary of N845,200.
The letter read, “You are therefore posted to the Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State, with effect from May 9, 2016, and you are placed on level 07 of the Federal Government Educational Policy and your new salary will be N845,200 per annum,”
One of the victims, Mrs. E.O. Oluborode, reported the case to the police due to some inconsistencies in Owoyale's message.
Oluborode was said to have bought appointment letters for her two children, in-law and three others by paying a sum of N360,000.
She said, “I bought the appointment letters for my two graduate children, my daughter’s husband and helped my brother’s wife, my son’s friend and a friend’s son to buy one each."
"I paid him N360,000 altogether. About 15 others also showed interest in the appointment letters and had given him part payments."
“After closely observing the messages he sent to me, it occurred to me that I must have been defrauded."
"I alerted the police yesterday (Tuesday) and called him on the phone to come down to Kola bus stop to collect N190,000 balance of those that had not fully paid."
"He was arrested at the bus stop and taken to Panti.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, ordered the transfer of the suspect to the state department of criminal investigation due to the sensitivity of the investigation.