Certificate forgery: ICPC nabs syndicate, 2 FRSC officials

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Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arrested two Federal Road Corps, Edwin Onyuwe and Achigili Ogoli, over certificate forgery.

Also, two members a certificate forgery syndicate, Sunday Okpara and Abdulrahman Razak were arrested by Commission for forging certificate for the two FRSC .

A statement Commission’s website said, “Their arrest in Abuja followed a petition by Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, to Commission, in which he alleged that the two had approached the management of FRSC forged Bachelor of Science degrees in Administration, from the , to be upgraded to officer cadre.

“The two officials were alleged to have also presented fake statements of result from the same institution to the management of FRSC for the same purpose of upgrading to officer cadre.

“Before their arrest by ICPC, the Corps had contacted the to ascertain the authenticity of the certificates. The wrote a reply to FRSC confirming that the degree certificates were forged.

“Yet, Onyuwe and Ogoli, maintained that they were originals approved by the university, having allegedly paid N500,000 to a staff of the university to falsify records in order to back their claim.

“ICPC, in the course of investigation found that the two FRSC officials were of the Distance Learning of the University. However, they could not graduate due to results, as documents from the university showed they had multiple carry-overs in the courses registered.

“This allegedly made them approach the forgery syndicate to prepare the forged degree certificates for them to present to their organization for the upgrade of their cadre.

“The amount of N430,000 found to have been paid to the syndicate for the forgery, Onyuwe paying N230,000 while Ogoli paid N200,000 respectively.

“Meantime, a member of the syndicate, Razak, claimed to be a printer, told ICPC operatives that he used an original certificate from the university obtained from a friend to perfect the forgery. Other members of the syndicate include Matthias Ibitiye, Usman Danjuma, and Uchenna Ifeonu. The matter will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation.

“This exercise is part of the collaboration between ICPC and FRSC to weed out corruption from the Corps.”