The Taraba State Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs. Florence Yaakugh, has confirmed the arrest of three prospective corps members who were found with fake certificates.
Yaakugh disclosed on Friday, August 23, that the suspects who were discovered at the camp in Jalingo, had been handed to the police for further investigation.
She identified the suspects as Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication, Shehu Murktar – Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman – sociology, all from the Isfop University of Cotonou in the Republic of Benin.
“They were prospective batch B corps members who came for registration and were caught with fake documents by the verification officer”, she said.
The Coordinator recalled that “the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shauibu Ibrahim had recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English Language”.
“He (Ibrahim) directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing.”
She noted that investigations on the 3 prospective corps members revealed that they could not write or say anything logical about their acclaimed courses of study.
Meanwhile, the suspects admitted forging their papers though, graduates of the institution.
Murktar explained that he collected the verification paper from his friends and photocopied, then filled in his information.
Usman stated that he sent some people working at the computer centre to get his verification paper for him, while Yau she gained the admission through an agent.