Two Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials have been arrested for allegedly presenting the corps with bogus Bachelor of Science degree diplomas.
The Corps’ Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem, said this in an Abuja statement on Friday.
Two members of a certificate forgery network are also being held, according to Kazeem, who is accused of forging certificates containing complete details of the University of Abuja for the two FRSC personnel.
The arrest was undertaken in cooperation with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, according to Kazeem (ICPC).
The degree diplomas were delivered by two FRSC employees (names withheld) during one of the corps’ conversion courses from non-commissioned officers to commissioned officers cadre, he claimed.
According to Kazeem, two members of a certificate forgery gang were apprehended during the inquiry (names withheld).
He explained that the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, was originally interested in the diplomas and contacted the University of Abuja to verify their legitimacy.
“The corps had contacted the University of Abuja to confirm the authenticity of the certificates, and the university affirmed that the degree certificates were genuine,” the statement said.
“The university officials who were students in the university’s Distance Learning program were unable to graduate due to a combination of poor performance and unsatisfactory results.
“Evidence of these discoveries was found in various university documents demonstrating that they had several carry-overs in the courses they were registered for,” he claimed.
He stated that a syndicate member who purported to be a printer told ICPC agents that he perfected the counterfeit by using a genuine university degree received from a friend.
After an inquiry, Kazeem said the accused would be brought to court.