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Police arrests 75y.o. certificate forgery syndicate ex-teacher

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The police in Anambra State has arrested a 75 years old retired teacher, Mr Onuzulike Ude for allegedly forging certificates of various institutions of higher learning.

Paraded alongside with him was a 54 year old Mrs Evelyn Nwoke, as his accomplice.

She is a business centre operator, the Centre where the alleged forgeries takes place. 

Police disclosed that the duo had been doing the business together for a long time.

Investigations revealed that they were forging certificates of:

– tertiary institutions, 

– National Youth Service Corps discharge,

– exemption certificates, and,

– printing fake Nigerian currency, using the Centre.

Some of the fake certificates recovered from them, police disclosed included those of:

1. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 

2. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 

3. Federal Polytechnic, Oko, 

4. College of Education, Umunze, as well as,

5. NYSC discharge and exemption certificates.

Other documents recovered from them were:

 Certificate for Senior Community Health Extension Workers, 

 Certificate for Junior Community Health Extension Workers, 

 National Business and Technical Examination Board certificate; 

 Kano State Judiciary Statutory Declaration of Age; 

 Afrihub Nigeria Limited certificate of participation, and,

 Oji River Local Government Identification Certificate.

Mrs Nwoke said she was not aware that the documents were forged.

She admitted, however, that the man used to bring documents for her to change some of the contents.

The police said they would soon be charged to court.

Also paraded was one Ikechukwu Nze from Isuochi, Abia State for counterfeiting.

He was allegedly printing fake N1000 and N500 notes and making purchases with them.

While one Maduabuchi Chinedu from Achina in Aguata local government area of Anambra State was arrested for robbing a man of N18000, using a sharp knife to threaten his victim.

Nze said it was his friend that gave him the fake currency when he told him that he (Nze) needed money to start a business.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma also paraded another suspect who gave his name as Jerry Gana.

Gana was arrested for kidnapping three persons including a lecturer at Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

He collected N300,000 from his family. 

Karma said Gana claimed to possess a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Delta State University, Abraka.

He also kidnapped a lecturer in the university and received ransom of N1.6 million.

The police boss added Gana also kidnapped a trader in Owerri and received ransom of N3 million from members of their families.

Karma expressed surprise that a retired teacher could be involved in certificate forgery and wondered what he was teaching students when he was in service.

He also took the time to warn against providing false information to the police.

He noted that some people raised false alarm a few days ago that some people had set fire on a school building at Ogbunike in Oyi local government area.

The police only found out that it was a false alarm when they got there.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

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