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Seven-man Forgery Syndicate Busted

The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested seven people, who specialised in forging fake school certificates and security documents.

Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Commandant, made the disclosure in an interview in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said the suspects were arrested on August 21 at the Post Office area in the state capital by the anti-fraud unit of the command.

Ibrahim explained that the suspects specialised in forging fake diploma and degree certificates, statement of results, as well as National Youth Service Corps certificates.

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According to him, the suspects also specialised in forging fake admission letter and identification cards of the University of Maiduguri, and that of  Ramat Polytechnic.

Ibrahim, who did not reveal the names of the suspects, said they comprised two non-academic staff of the university and five collaborators.

“The syndicate siphoned huge sums of money from the bursary departments of the affected institutions.

“They also forged assorted and customised stamps of banks, government agencies and other organisations.

“Some of the holders of such fake certificates are currently studying or working with government agencies and non-governmental organisations in the state, ” he said.

Ibrahim noted that investigation was still ongoing, saying that a large number of persons are connected with the fraud.

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