NSCDC GANABy Uthman Siraja

Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a man who is into issuance of plate numbers and fake vehicle stickers to unsuspecting members of the public in Niger State.

The suspect, Emmanuel Ageh from Delta State, claimed to be a consultant to the Niger State Internal Revenue Service who was engaged to produce car stickers and plate numbers to boost revenue drive to the state government

Parading the suspect before Journalists at the command headquarters in Minna, Wednesday, the state Commandant of the Corps, Mr George Udem Edem, disclosed that the  suspect was  found to be in possession of about 150 vehicle plate numbers of Niger State and some states including car stickers of various states of the federation.

 He explained that the command acted on a tip from a good Samaritan over the activities of a syndicate who is into the business of printing and sales of fake plate numbers and car stickers claiming that he was a consultant to the State Internal Revenue Service to assist in generating revenue to the state.

According to the commandant, on receipt of the information, the command approached the board for confirmation, “the board instantly disowned him and at this point I mobilized my men to go after him which led to his arrest. We are still investigating him after which he will be charged to court for prosecution.      

Edem affirmed that the activities of the suspect had deprived the state of its revenue drive as the syndicate diverts the revenues meant for the state to his personal pocket thereby depriving the state.

 He called on members of the public to be wary of such syndicate who are out to defraud the public of their hard earned money under the guise of dealing with a genuine revenue consultant adding that the command would continue to launch a total onslaught against such criminal minded elements so that they are made to face the wrath of the law.

Also in the command’s net is an operator of illegal private security guard in the last five years without registering with the command. He said that the command has commenced investigation into the activities of the operator of the illegal Private Security guard, “after the completion of the investigation we will charge him to court for prosecution.” The commandant assured.