Police arrest Abuja fraud gang

The Nigerian police says it has arrested in Abuja seven members of a fraud syndicate, specialising in the forgery of certificates and other documents.
According to Frank Mba, chief superintendent of police and spokesman of the Police High Command, the suspects were arrested by a team of operatives attached to International Police Organization (INTERPOL) section, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja.
The team nabbed the suspects following a tip-off and accompanying discreet investigation, with the police team presenting themselves as prospective clients.Police logo
According to Mba, the syndicate had its operational base at the UTC Shopping Complex, Area 10 Garki, Abuja and specialized in forging documents such as: WAEC Certificates, University Degrees, NYSC Discharge Certificates, assorted land documents, certificates of incorporation.
It also engaged in the falsification of travel documents and drivers licenses amongst others for a fee ranging from Five thousand naira (N5,000) to Thirty thousand naira (N30,000) depending on the socio-economic status of their “client” or the urgency of the transaction.
The police named some of the suspects as Emmanuel Onyehiela ‘m’, Ugorji Chibueze Ramsey ‘m’, Emeka Chukwu ‘m’, Chinyere Bright ‘f’ and Abdulazeez Sadiq.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: Forged copies of Corporate Affairs Commission documents, land document of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), University of Abuja degree and official stamps, National Pension Commission Clearance Certificate, a certificate purportedly issued by the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Statement of Result of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi State and Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company tickets and other sundry fake documents.
Also recovered from them are electronic equipment used in perpetrating the crime such as: Laptops, Desktops and Printers. The suspects have made very useful statements to the Police and will be charged to Court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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