Plateau police smash certificate forgery syndicate

The police in Plateau State have smashed a syndicate which specialises in certificate forgery, the Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, said on Wednesday.

Mr. Ayeni, while briefing newsmen in Jos on the successes recorded by the command in the last four months, said the police have confronted the difficulties of maintaining law and order in Plateau headlong.

“During the period under review, a syndicate of certificate forgers was smashed through meticulous and dexterous use of intelligence,” he said.

The commissioner said that three members of the syndicate were arrested and some certificates and sealing stamps belonging to some educational institutions recovered.

He said items recovered from the group include three diploma certificates, two testimonials and two blank testimonials as well as a degree certificate, all bearing the University of Jos.

Others are one blank certificate bearing Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, one blank certificate of College of Legal Studies, Yola, and one statement of result from the same institution.

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Mr. Ayeni said that one sealing stamp of the University of Jos, one NECOP sealing stamp, one NYSC discharge certificate and seven disc plates bearing University of Jos logo, were also recovered from the
syndicate.

The commissioner said that 15 different vehicles and eight Jincheng and Bajaj motorcycles were recovered in different locations across the state.

According to him, some of the vehicles and the motorcycles have been released to the rightful owners.

Mr. Ayeni said that 56 arms of different sizes, 74 ammunition and 18 cartridges were also recovered during the period under review.

Mr. Ayeni said that the command, with other security agencies, had met with different stakeholders, particularly Berom and Fulani leaders, in order to promote peaceful coexistence among the people.

According to him, the effort has been yielding the desired results.

He said that the activities of the Boko Haram had also been checked “through strategic deployment of security personnel in Jos and Bukuru metropolis”.

“As a result, religious and social activities on the Plateau have received new lease of life.”

He also appealed to members of the public to collaborate with the security agencies by providing timely and relevant information.

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