Crime Watch

Police arrest three for allegedly forging police certificate in Lagos

The Lagos state police command has announced the arrest of three persons for allegedly counterfeiting the Nigeria Police Character Certificate.

Public Relations Officer of the State FCID, Alagbon Lagos, ASP Aminat Mayegun said the trio are part of a syndicate that engage in forgery, and extortion.

The suspects are Chinedu Agbosim, who owned the shop which served as base of operations, Mariam Dauda and Ebighose Anderson, who were computer operators recruited by Chinedu.

According to the spokesperson, the suspected forgers were arrested following a special sting operation which was launched on Nov. 16, 2023, with a view to bursting the criminal network.

Mayegun said the special operation became expedient following the receipt of a report from an innocent victim, who presented such a counterfeited document for the processing of her Visa application at the U.K Embassy.

She further revealed that after being identified as fake, the applicant was refused the visa and banned from entering the country for 10 years.

She said; “All the suspects admitted to their individual and common roles in processing the fake Police Character Certificates at a side shop around the Federal Training Center, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“Upon executing a search warrant in the shop, the following items were recovered: Three counterfeit Police Character Certificates, other relevant documents belonging to various Nigerian citizens;

“A computer-generated signature specimen bearing the name of CP CCR, CP Olaolu Adegbite and dated November 16, 2023. A computer-generated document bearing the super-imposed signature of CP Ndu, I.M., the former CCR, CP Ndu I.M, and Desktop computer”.