False claim that ICPC is recruiting circulates online

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A claim that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is currently recruiting staff into various positions in the agency has been circulating online.

OUR VERDICT: The claim that the ICPC is recruiting staff into various positions is FALSE; the report is a phishing scam meant to misinform the public and also attracts web traffic.

A claim that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is currently recruiting staff into various positions in the agency has been circulating online.

The claim, published as a report on a news blog, made the list of Google Trends from June 27 – 28, as applicants besieged the platform for the recruitment registration.

The online newspaper listed positions available at the ICPC as follows:
1. Investigator
2. Analyst
3. Legal Officer
4. Admin Assistant
5. IT Specialist
6. Accountant
7. Public Relations Officer
8. Researcher
9. Field Officer
10. Secretary

“When you’re applying for ICPC Recruitment, make sure you’re careful. Some people have been doing bad things related to applying.

“Remember, the ICPC Recruitment form doesn’t cost anything.

“If you find a website or place that says it’s ICPC and asks for money to apply, be careful. It’s probably not real. Those websites are likely trying to trick people who are applying.

“ICPC wants to make sure everyone gets a fair chance to apply. They don’t ask for any money for applying or processing forms,” the report stated.

 

CLAIM

ICPC is recruiting staff into various positions currently.

 

THE FINDINGS

Checks by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

A look at the featured image on the published report shows that the visual is that of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) while the logo of the ICPC was imposed on it.

Further check on the domain name of fhc-ng.com, the news blog announcing the recruitment shows that the website was registered in India as against most Nigerian government websites that use the official .gov.ng top-level domain.

Our reporter observed that the domain name has been redacted for privacy and as such the registrant’s contact hidden from public view.

Result from the WHOIS search of the domain registrant.
Result from the WHOIS search of the domain registrant.

A scroll down on the report actually directs applicants to the Career page on the original ICPC website as shown in the image below:

When the link is clicked, it takes users away from the news blog to the ICPC career page, where applicants are greeted with a public notice that reads: The ICPC is not recruiting at the moment. Notice of recruitment will be published in at least three national dailies when the time is due.

Similarly, the ICPC Spokesperson, Demola Bakare, dismissed the report and described it as “fake.”

“Very False, it is not true,” Bakare stated in a WhatsApp message sent to this reporter following an enquiry.

The ICPC is a Nigerian government agency inaugurated on September 29th, 2000 by the then Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and saddled with mandate to fight corruption in the country.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that the ICPC is recruiting staff into various positions is FALSE; the report is a phishing scam meant to misinform the public and also attracts web traffic.

SOURCE: News blog via fhc-ng.com.

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