The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect, simply identified as Ibrahim, for allegedly presenting a fake call-up letter at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Keffi.
Ibrahim was said to have arrived at the camp for registration with other university graduates as part of the 2016 Batch B corps members at the Magaji Danyamusa permanent orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the incident to Northern City News on Tuesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Idrisu Kennedy, said the management of the NYSC handed over the suspect to the police on November 24, 2016.
He added that the 25-year old was caught with a fake call-up letter, noting that investigation into the matter was ongoing.
Kennedy said, “I can confirm to you that the young man is in our custody and investigation had since commenced to know how he came about the call-up letter, where he came from and the school he graduated from. It’s not been long the NYSC management handed him to us.”
The state NYSC Coordinator in Nasarawa, Mrs. Habiba Bappah, said the management kicked out the young man from the orientation camp and handed him over to the police for prosecution.
Bappah said, “He came with a fake letter and he has been handed over to the police. The good thing is that we have the biometric system of registration. By the time he thumb-printed and we checked, we found that he was not on our database.”
She praised the NYSC management for emphasising the use of biometrics system for registration of prospective corps members.
This, she said, had helped in exposing many imposters, adding that three others were also sent out of the orientation camp for using proxies to do their registration.
Bappah said, “Your biometrics has to match your fingerprints. Unfortunately, some gave other people the go-ahead to register for them. If their fingerprints did not match, they will be sent out. There were three who fall into this category.”
She explained that the corps members had already settled down for orientation, noting that they were eager to start camping activities.
The coordinator admonished all the corps members to participate in all lectures and skills acquisition training programmes, which according to her, will be very beneficial to them after their service year.