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EFCC, ICPC to prosecute printing firms over fake documents

By Onozure Dania

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have said that as an effort to tackle corruption in the country, they are ready to prosecute any printing firm in Nigeria which engages in production of fake documents.

Both Anti-graft agencies said they are going to work hand in hand with the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers (CIPPON), which regulates printing in the country to identify printers who are not registered and engage in crime.

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, and his ICPC counterpart, Ekpo Nta,  said this at the Nigeria 52nd Independence Anniversary Lecture organised by CIPPON and the Federal Ministry of Information, which  was tagged,  ‘Transformation Agenda: Fighting against Corruption and Generating Employment through Printing’.

Larmode, who was represented by Mr Osita Nwajah, said the fight against fake documents printing began with the raiding of the Oluwole market on September 1, 2005 where over 40,000 fake international passports, 50,000 assorted bank cheque books, thousands of travelers’ cheques and fake certificates, among others were seized.

He said that fraudsters destroy the country’s image abroad; urging CIPPON to report to security agencies once it has reasonable suspicion about questionable print job orders. “The EFCC is ready to work with you in ensuring that the problem of fake documents is eliminated,” he said.


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