The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) yesterday in Lagos paraded three suspects who were caught with a huge pile of forged certificates of various educational institutions.
The syndicate, according to the Public Relations Officer of WAEC, Mr. Yusuf Ari, was smashed by the security department of the regional examinations body after putting the frauds on close surveillance for over a month.
Ari disclosed that WAEC got wind of a business centre where fake certificates are being branded around Onipanu bus stop early last month leading to the arrest of two suspects.
He further revealed that on March 30 this year, the two arrested suspects led the officials of the security department of WAEC to the business centre where the fake certificates were being produced and printed.
He added that with the assistance of the Intelligence Corps of the Nigerian Army and detectives of the Nigerian Police the fake certificates printing centre was raided yesterday where the three suspects were arrested.
Ari said that the various fake certificates, seal, stamp and equipment which the syndicate use in printing the certificates were seized, adding that the syndicate is bigger than the one which WAEC has just discovered.
He said that the three suspects â€“ Kabiru Shittu, Gabriel Akoda Aseda and Kola Olusoya â€“ will be handed over to the Nigerian Police for further investigation and prosecution.
While Aseda confessed to journalists that he collects between N2,000 and N3,000 for the issuance of a forged certificate, Shittu says the certificates are actually issued at Oluwole area of Lagos which he collects on behalf of his clients after paying N300.
Olusoya on the other hand claims he is not involved in certificate forgery but does affidavit for people, although Aseda disclosed that Olusoya is part of the syndicate.