By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—A syndicate, made up lecturers and students of College of Education, CoE, Minna, Niger State, that specialised in certificate forgery, has been uncovered.
Already members of the syndicate, a lecturer and two students, have been arrested and handed over to the Police.
This came as two 300 level students of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, IBBU, Lapai, Niger State, discovered to have gained admission into the university with forged certificates of COE have also been uncovered.
Vanguard gathered that the syndicate had been operating in the college for the past 12 years before the scandal blew open.
Vanguard’s investigation revealed that some students of CoE Minna had succeeded in gaining admission into various universities across the country with forged certificates from CoE.
Contacted, Provost of the College, Professor Yakubu Auna, confirmed the existence of the syndicate, but vowed that others involved would be fished out and handed over to the Police for further investi-gation and prosecution.
Professor Auna said: “We have beamed our searchlight towards the root of the scandal and because of the zero tolerance this College has for examination malpractices and other related problems, some of those behind it have been arrested and others will also be fished out, dismissed and handed over to the Police.
“My administration will make the College inhabitable for those in the habit of issuing forged certificates to students, because I will continue to wage war against them. I have drawn a battle line with whoever is involved in the fraud, no matter his position in the institution.
“As we speak, I have got two students and one lecturer that are behind issuing forged certificates to students. The lecturer and students, after our own preliminary investigations, were handed over to the Police.
“The lecturer has spent one month in detention, while the two students were also detained for two weeks.”
The Provost added that the two students with the forged certificates were traced to IBBU, Lapai, after three years in the school, saying they were facing dismissal.