From: Tada Jutha, Maiduguri

Borno state command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has paraded eight suspected fraudsters of certificates, stamps and
letters of Universities, Colleges and banks in the country.

Parading the suspects Tuesday in Maiduguri, the NSCDC Commandant, Abdullahi Ibrahim disclosed that, faking of certificates and letters could destroy various educational institutions and organisations, including National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He described “certificate and stamps faking,” as Boko Haram’s stage II,
the gradual destruction of educational institutions in Borno through
technology.

According to him, it took the command nine months on investigation, before arresting the suspects at the Post Office area and other locations in Maiduguri metropolis.

“Just like Boko Haram, the faking of certificates, letters and stamps
of various institutions, was planned and designed by about 60% of
non-indigents,” he said.

Ibrahim also explained that the suspects took advantage of the hospitality of Borno state to perpetuate the heinous crimes of faking certificates and other
documents.

He lamented that the proliferation of International and local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), has fueled activities of fraudsters in the state.

“The premium attached to paper qualification by employers of labour,
encouraged the suspects to have a field day to produce fake certificates and letters to unemployed youths,” he said.

On unqualified workers, the NSCDC Boss revealed that they have evidence where unqualified health practitioners are engaged to work with INGOs and NGOs, using fake certificates.

According to him, the results are disastrous to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps and host communities, pointed out that the recent arrest of fake NYSC members, was caused by faking call-up letters at orientation camps.

Abdullahi Ibrahim noted that some tertiary institutions in Borno state are losing revenues to users of fake bank stamps to clear students for school fees
and other levies.

He said, other fake documents produced by the suspects including the statement of
results with customized seals, admission letters, as well as ID cards.

“Before we started experiencing cases of suicides among students, as a
result of withdrawals from academic pursuits, there is a need to weed
out these elements from the system,” he warned.

The NSCDC Commandant, however, appealed to tertiary institutions, banks and employers of labour to overhaul their internal control mechanisms and review their recruitment system

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