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Lagos launches manhunt for vehicle certificate forgers

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State government is set to launch a manhunt for people suspected to be behind the issuance of forged vehicle documents in the metropolis just as it has identified a location at PWD area of Ikeja where forged vehicle certificates are being issued to unsuspecting motorists.

Consequently, Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, Prof. Bamidele Badejo, has urged people of the state to desist from patronizing touts for vehicle documents in their own interest.

Badejo said over 90 to 95 percent fake MOT and Road Worthiness Certificates circulating within the state originated from the Central Licensing Authority office Ikeja through the activities of touts and hoodlums who took advantage of those that were either ignorant or reluctant to follow the proper means of obtaining the certificates.

The commissioner made the discovery while on a tour of  Vehicles Inspection Offices and centres within the state with a view to enhancing safety measures.

According to Badejo, the recent investigation conducted by the ministry on the issue of fake MOT and Road Worthiness Certificates showed that most fake documents were obtained at unidentified places including the PWD area.

He gave a standing order that the authorities should place a visible notice warning innocent people that MOT and Road Worthiness certificates are not obtainable at the Central Licensing Office Ikeja, while appealing that the state security agents should deal with issue of touting and hoodlums within the vicinity.


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