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Three Arrested For Printing Fake Vehicle Licenses

Three persons have been arrested by the police in Lagos for printing fake vehicle licenses.

Xavier Ndanyongmong

Three persons have been arrested by the police in Lagos for printing fake vehicle licenses. The suspects were apprehended by Police operatives attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) following reports by car owners who were arrested by either the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC),the Vehicle Inspection officers (VIO) and the police that they had been swindled.

Police we gathered moved into action and they were shocked with the startling revelation that some groups have set up printing shops where they swindle government of a whooping amount of money. The suspects Waziri Akinyemi, 42, Adewumi Muyiwa, 38, and Osoko Lamoni,32 are now cooling their heels in the cell of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Lagos State police Command. The principal suspect, Akinyemi, in his statement to the police claimed that he was not aware they were fake and printing it was a crime.

The suspect said he was very young when he joined his master and everything he did then he thought were in line with the law and besides he does not know the difference between printing genuine and fake document. Akinyemi said he bought his printing machine when he was an apprentice before he started his own printing business in 2012 when he finished his Senior Secondary School Examination (SSSCE) and from there he started working for his elder brother in his video Game Centre at Iyana Ipaja.

He said he met a brother called Ismaila who used to send him on errand to deliver finished printing jobs though he didn’t know that the documents were fake. “I started my own printing in 2013 with this Fago printer software which I bought from him for N520,000. It is used for the printing of identity card. I charge N2,000 for every work my boys bring and I pay them a commission of N500 per job. Muyiwa and Lamoni also told the police that they were not involved in any illegal deals as they were struggling to survive and they were not in the know that they were involved in illegal business.

Police Public Relations officer Lagos Command said police findings has revealed that the syndicate had been operating over the years freely until reports of the illegal activities got to them. He explained that the suspects are being investigated and will be charged to court after the conclusion of their investigations. Nwosu revealed that the police have recovered a printing machine they used in printing fake drivers license and other official documents.

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