- Suicide bombers rock Medina, near Saudi holy site
Fraudsters have begun to milk unsuspecting members of the public with a promise of guaranteeing juicy scholarship floated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), even as the agency management raises the alarm that the online advertisement was from unscrupulous elements
“The NIMASA is not recruiting at the moment”, cried out the agency Director General, Dakuku Peterside, cautioning members of the public not to be deceived by the “NIMASA Scholarship 2016/2017” advertisement, because the Agency has not engaged any recruitment firm to employ or train, on its behalf.
The Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who described the advertisement as the handiwork of “unscrupulous elements, intent on ripping off unsuspecting members of the public”, has also advised people not to patronise the fraudsters.
“As a public institution, committed to the rule of law and best practices, NIMASA has standard procedures for communicating its activities and will not request money from would be candidates as the fraudsters are doing.
“We urge members of the public to disregard the activities of unscrupulous elements who are bent on defrauding them of their hard earned resources under the guise of engaging on a recruitment exercise for NIMASA.
“For the avoidance of all doubts, the Agency will always communicate its programmes and projects through well known channels of the media, its website and the social media” the DG stated, regretting the negative impact of the activities of the fraudsters, while warning that the investigation already launched by the Agency, in collaboration with security agencies will leave no stones unturned, until the Scammers were finally exposed and brought to book.
He directed Members of the public to always contact the Agency for clarification of every issues on its twitter at@nimasaofficial, facebook at facebook.com/nimasaofficial and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
It would be recalled that only a fortnight ago, daring Scammers similarly took on the Customs Service for similar fraudulent purposes, forcing the Service national image maker Deputy Comptroller Adewale Adeniyi to raise the alarm.
In the meantime, suicide bomber has killed four security officers and injured five others near one of Islam’s holiest sites in the Saudi city of Medina, according to the interior ministry.
The bomber detonated his explosives after being stopped outside the Prophet’s Mosque, a statement said.
The mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.
Suicide blasts also struck two other Saudi cities on Monday.
The fact that an attack happened in Medina at such a place is likely to leave Muslims around the world aghast, BBC World Service’s Middle East editor, Alan Johnston, says.
Suspicion is likely to fall on so-called Islamic State (IS), he adds.
Al-Arabiya gave a different account of the incident, saying the bomber had targeted the security officers by pretending he wanted to break his Ramadan fast with them.
Qari Ziyaad Patel, 36, from South Africa, who was in the mosque, told the Associated Press news agency people had at first thought it was the sound of the cannon fire that marks the breaking of fast.
The ground shook, he said, adding: “The vibrations were very strong. It sounded like a building imploded.”
Earlier, at least one explosion rocked Qatif, an eastern city which is home to many minority Shia Muslims.
The blast appeared to target a Shia mosque. The attacker was killed but no other casualties were reported.
A suspected suicide bomber also died after detonating a device near the US consulate in the city of Jeddah in the early hours of Monday. Two security officers were slightly injured as they tackled the man, but no-one else was hurt.
No-one has yet said they were behind any of the attacks.
They come with the holy month of Ramadan drawing to a close and ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Users on social media have expressed their support for the victims, with the hashtag #PrayforMedina being widely shared.
Additional report from BBC