A suspect, Richard Olayinka, who paraded himself as a staff member of the Osun State University, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.
He was arrested for allegedly issuing fake National Youth Service Corps call-up letters to four students.
Olayinka was also accused of appending forged signature of the school’s Vice-Chancellor on statements of result purportedly issued to students, identified as Olubunmi Idowu, Lafihan Dare, Sotikare Segun and Akintude Wealth.
Punch gathered that the students sought Richards’ help as they were not cleared by the school management due to some outstanding courses.
It was learnt that the police launched a manhunt for the suspect after the youths, who claimed to be students of Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, Osun State University, reported at the NYSC Lagos State orientation camp in Iyana Ipaja on November 26.
They had appeared before the camp registration team for clearance when their call-up letters were discovered to be fakes.
The suspect was arraigned in a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba on 12 counts bordering on forgery, stealing and impersonation by the police.
A police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were punishable under sections 285, 312, 361,378 and 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant pleaded not guilty before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni, and was granted bail in the sum of N350,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till January 18, 2017.