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DSS arrests 5 suspected menbers of certificate forgery gang

The Department of State Security Services (DSS), Kwara State Command, has arrested five persons, who allegedly specialises in forging academic certificates.

The State Director, Alhaji Abdullahi Skinkafi, said in Ilorin of Friday that the suspects were four men and one woman.

He displayed some certificates of some higher institutions, secondary school certificates and Kwara Local Government Area indigene certificates, which the group allegedly forged.

Others were Kwara First School Leaving Certificate, National Youth Service Corps certificate, statements of result and WAEC result notifications.

Shinkafi also displayed stamps of various institutions, establishments, including the High Court of Kwara, as well as court affidavits, laptop, typewriter and other office equipment.

The security operatives also recovered copies of Kwara State Polytechnic certificates, those of University of Calabar, Lagos State University, College of Education , Ilorin, and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.

Others were certificates of Federal Polytechnic, Oko in Anambra, among others.

Addressing newsmen, Shinkafi said officers of the command arrested members of the group following a tip-off.

He said that the suspects were operating from their respective homes when they were apprehended.

“The service’s findings are not unconnected with the discovery of some employees being in possession of fake academic documents during the on-going screening of workers in Kwara.

“The stamp pads and the fake certificates/documents look very genuine that unsuspecting persons will find it difficult to substantiate.

“Further investigation revealed that many unscrupulous persons, particularly in Kwara, have partronised the fraudsters to get unmerited certificates to gain employment in into government agencies/institutions.”

The director called on members of the public to be vigilant and report to the security agencies any doubtful certificates, documents and cybercrime syndicates.

Shinkafi also solicited information that could lead to the arrest of one AbdulMajeed Olaide, the suspected leader of the syndicate.

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