The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has arrested about 25 to-be corps members in different camps across the country, on allegations of certificate forgery.
According to The Punch, the 25 prospective NYSC members were arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution.
The move comes on the back drop of a directive from the NYSC headquarters in Abuja, ordering that orientation camps should scrutinize certificates tendered, in order to fish out those who present fake documents.
It was gathered that six of them were arrested in Katsina State during last week’s registration of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream ‘II’ members, on allegations bordering on criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.
Ahidjo Yahaya, the state coordinator, said their arrest was a follow up on security report from Shuaibu Ibrahim, director-general of the scheme.
“The two corps members gave their names as Offor Chinelo Blessing with registration No: KT/19B/3696 and call-up No: NYSC/ ISU/2019/260/22 from Imo State University carrying fake result in BSc Insurance and Actuarial Science. The other culprit is Meaienwa Chimdinma Ngozi with registration number KT/19B/3836 and call-up No: NYSC/ISU/2019/259331 from the same university carrying fake certificate in BA Education/ Eng,” he was quoted to have said.
Similarly, three of the culprits, who were apprehended in Taraba State orientation camp, claimed to have graduated from Istop University, Cotonou in Benin Republic.
“They are; Nasiru Yau from Mass Communication department, Sheu Muktar – Computer Science and Iliyasu Usman from Sociology department,” the scheme said.
“It was discovered that none of them can neither write nor say anything logical about their certificates or courses of study.”
In Kebbi State orientation camp, four persons were found to have come to camp with fake documents.
They are: Nwachukwu Chimaobi Curtis KB/19B/3046, Ononuju Amarachi Nwamaka KB/19B/3147, Francis Joseph Arinze KB/19B/3135 and Chigozie Evidence Chijioke KB/19B/ 3231.
It is believed that the number of persons apprehended could still increase, as scrutiny is ongoing in orientation camps across the country.
The director general of the scheme, had warned members of the scheme to desist from the practice of offering bribes to officials to change their postings.