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Police smash certificate forgery syndicate

02 July 2013, 16:42

Enugu - The Police Intelligence Bureau of the Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday arrested three persons who allegedly specialise in issuing fake certificates.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Ebere Amaraizu, told newsmen that the accused persons specialised in issuing fake certificates of secondary and tertiary institutions.

He said that the force acted on information given to it by the public that the syndicate issued their victims fake certificates of various secondary and tertiary institutions.

“We received information that some people issue fake certificates of various secondary schools, polytechnics and universities at a cost ranging from N60 000 and above.''

Amaraizu said the suspects were arrested at their office at Trans Ekulu, where various fake certificates were recovered.

"We caught them at a point they wanted to hand over a Higher National Diploma Certificate of the Institute of Management and Technology, (IMT), Enugu to one of their victims.

"One of the certificates has the stamps with an inscription of Mechanical Engineering Department of IMT.

"We also recovered during the raid on their office, six copies of senior secondary school certificates, four identity cards and 45 files, suspected to be owned by their candidates.

"Apart from all these, the police also recovered substances suspected to be hard drugs.”

The spokesman named the suspects as Ikechukwu Olisa, Anthony Nwankwo and Osinachi Udoka.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abubakar Mohammed, has praised the intelligence operatives for their efforts.

He also thanked members of the public for their useful information on crime in the state.

 - NAN

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