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Police arrest certificate forgery syndicate, pipe line vandals

The International Police Organization (Interpol) section of the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) paraded 5 suspects over allegation of forgery. Parading the suspects…

The International Police Organization (Interpol) section of the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) paraded 5 suspects over allegation of forgery.

Parading the suspects before pressmen at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Force spokesman, Chief Superintendent of Police Frank Mba, said the suspects specialized in forging certificates.

According to him, “following a tip-off and discreet investigation, the police arrested a syndicate which specializes in the forgery of certificates and other sensitive documents.”

“The syndicate which has its operational base at the UTC Shopping Complex, Area 10 Garki, Abuja specializes in forging documents such as: WAEC Certificates, University Degrees, NYSC Discharge Certificates, assorted land documents and certificates of incorporation,” he added.

CSP Mba also said the suspects engaged in the falsification of travel documents and drivers licenses amongst others for a fee ranging from N5, 000 to N30, 000.

He also said, the suspects: Emmanuel Onyehiela , Ugorji Chibueze Ramsey, Emeka Chukwu , Chinyere Bright and Abdulazeez Sadiq  have given useful information to undercover police detectives who presented themselves as prospective clients.

 Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: Forged copies of Corporate Affairs Commission documents, land document of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), University of Abuja degree and official stamps, National Pension Commission Clearance Certificate.

Other forged items recovered are:  A certificate of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, and statement of Result of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi State and Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company tickets.

The police also said they recovered electronic equipments such as: Laptops, Desktops and Printers, adding that the suspects will soon be charged in court.

Meanwhile, the Police also paraded two suspected pipe line vandals at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The suspects, Soji Omomo Yesan and Rotana Ifeanyi, are accused of vandalizing NNPC pipelines at a creek of Imagbon waters near Ilara in Ogun State.

Parading the suspects, CSP Frank Mba said they were picked up after a tip-off by the local community on the 21th of March, one day after committing the crime.

The suspects were arrested at a local health facility where they were treating severe burns they suffered when the  vandalized pipeline went into flames.

Mba also said the suspects were transferred to the force headquarters clinic to get better health treatment before they are arraigned in court.

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