BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, said it arrested four members of a syndicate which specialised in the production of fake Customs papers.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, who paraded the suspects at the SARS office, Magbon, Abeokuta, said the suspects were arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Ogun State.
He also disclosed that a 39-year-old man (name withheld) had been nabbed for allegedly producing fake Naira notes.
According to Adejobi, items recovered from the suspects include fake seal of the Presidency, fake stamps of Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Police, computers, typewriters, printers and forged tinted glass permit.
He added that eight stolen vehicles, 10 assorted guns and various cartridges were recovered from suspected robbers.
The PPRO said six suspects were already being held in connection with the recovered vehicles.
According to him, four members of the syndicate involved in alleged production of fake customs papers were apprehended at Idiroko on January 9 by SARS operatives led by the officer-in-charge, Mohammed Tijani.
He said the police command had began manhunt to arrest other members of the syndicate who fled during the operation.
He said: “No individual has the right to issue tinted glass permit. So, people should be aware of these hoodlums who are out there to dupe and give wrong papers. Police will charge anybody caught with any fake paper with forgery.
“As a result of the arrest, we were able to discover a man who was into production of fake Naira notes. He, along with another suspect still at large, had been spending this money for people at night. People who deal with liquid cash especially should beware of these hoodlums.”
Speaking with newsmen, the suspects, including Austin Henry, Bala Idris and Peter Patrick, confessed to the crime of forging customs papers in the last three years.
Henry, who was described as the managing director of the syndicate, said those involved in the shady business in Idiroko axis were over 20 but had fled following his arrest.