Crime and Security

ICPC drags NSCDC official to court over certificate forgery

 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned Hassan Manga, on allegations of forgery.

Manga, a Principal Inspector with Niger command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is accused of procuring and presenting a forged Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), Lower Credit certificate, from Adamu Augie College of Education in Kebbi state.

NSCDC Spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said that Manga used the certificate to secure employment with the commission in 2004.

She said that trouble began for the accused in 2016 when the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, suspected that many officials of agencies under the ministry had forged certificates.

“The minister wrote to ICPC to scrutinise the credentials of its personnel presented either at entry point or during the period of their service.

“As part of efforts to carry out reforms in the services to enhance professionalism, and in line with the current government’s change agenda, it has become necessary to scrutinise credentials of individuals in the service.

“This is as a result of the recent discoveries made of some fake credentials, especially degree certificates, by some personnel,” she said.

Okoduwa said that the commission immediately swung into action and its investigation revealed that Manga forged the NCE presented before he was employed by NSCDC, which he purportedly obtained in 2001.

“This is so as his name was not on the convocation list of that year,” she said.

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