Abuja - Police have arrested a syndicate which allegedly specializes in the forgery of certificates and other sensitive documents.
A team of operatives from the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) effected the arrest in Abuja.
Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, stated that the syndicate had its operational base at the UTC Shopping Complex in Area of 10 Garki, Abuja.
He alleged the syndicate specializes in forging documents such West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Certificates, University Degrees, assorted land documents and certificates of incorporation.
Mba added that the suspects were also engaged in the falsification of travel documents and drivers licenses amongst others for a fee ranging from N5 000 to N30 000 depending on the socio-economic status of their “client” or the urgency of the transaction.
He said the arrest of the suspects- Emmanuel Onyehiela, Ugorji Chibueze Ramsey, Emeka Chukwu, Chinyere Bright and Abdulazeez Sadiq- was facilitated by the invaluable role played by police undercover agents who presented themselves as prospective clients.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include Forged copies of Corporate Affairs Commission documents, land documents of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), University of Abuja degree and official stamps, National Pension Commission Clearance Certificate, a certificate purportedly issued by the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Statement of Result of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi State and Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company tickets and other sundry fake documents.
Equipment such as laptops, desk tops and printers was confiscated.
“The suspects have made very useful statements to the Police and will be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the police spokesman said.
– CAJ News