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ICPC arrests suspected certificate forgers in UNIPORT
THE Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has arrested two suspects who specialise in forging school certificates at the University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers State.
A statement by the Commission disclosed that the suspects – Onosemuode Roland and Jacobson Ubong Jonathan were nabbed through a sting operation successfully carried out by its operatives at the Choba Campus of UNIPORT.
According to the Commission, the suspects specialized in forging school leaving result, diploma and degree certificates.
it stated that ICPC undercover operatives approached Roland and requested him to produce an original Bachelor of Engineering Certificate in Chemical Engineering to aid in employment into one of the oil servicing companies which he agreed to do for the sum of N45, 000.
“Roland was arrested after producing forged degree certificate and on receiving the balance sum of N25, 000.00 marked money,” the statement read.
The ICPC said, subsequently, Roland volunteered a statement in the presence of one Atarhinyo Solomon Igho and a lawyer Dennis Enyi Nwokah, where he admitted the allegation of certificate forgery.
He also mentioned Jacobson Ubong Jonathan as a conspirator who was later arrested by ICPC operatives.
It noted that, with a further investigation ongoing in the matter, the suspects had been granted administrative bail.
“The suspects would be charged to court for allegedly committing offences that contravene Sections 15 and 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000,” the ICPC said.