Publisher fakes unversity certs for Nigerian students

Ghanaian publisher who has allegedly been printing fake university certificates for some foreign students, was arraigned before on Accra Circuit Court yesterday.

Jones Thomson Aggor was granted bail in the sum GH¢20,000 with two sureties.

Three Nigerian students in Ghana, Prince Sylvanus, Sheye Amoli and Israel Abioye have also been charged.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime and possessing forged documents  and were also granted GH¢20,000 bail with two sureties each.

The court ordered the three Nigerians to deposit their passports with the police and report to the CID Headquarters every Thursday, until further notice.

Prince Sylvanus was arrested for possessing a Bachelor of Science Certificate No. 01070154 from the University of Cape Coast, admission letter and transcript from the Entrepreneurship Training Institute, and a student’s Identity Card, all bearing the names of David Ronney.

Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Agbemehia told the Circuit Court “2,” that in the early part of last month, the police received information that the first accused (Sylvanus) was printing and selling university certificates to the public, and an undercover agent was sent to approach him and request for a certificate from the Wisconsin International University College.

He said that the accused charged the undercover agent 4,500 dollars for which he made a part-payment of 2,000 dollars, and was assured that the document would be delivered to him within two weeks.

The prosecutor intimated Sylvanus called the witness after two weeks and informed him that the certificate was ready for collection and directed him to a place to meet him.

Chief Inspector Agbemehia said that the two met at East Legon where Sylvanus delivered the certificate and was about to collect his balance of 2,500 dollars but was arrested.

A search of his bag revealed a Bachelor of Science Certificate No. 01070154 bearing the name of the witness and issued by the University of Cape Coast on 13/12/2014, transcript of the witness, student’s ID card and admission letter, all from the Entrepreneurship Training Institute (ETI).

Sylvanus mentioned Sheye Amoli as the person who did everything for him at a cost of GH¢4,500, and when he (Amoli) was subsequently arrested, he told the police that Israel Abioye was his main source.

According to the prosecutor, when Abioye was later arrested, he also mentioned Aggor, a Ghanaian publisher, as the one who printed the certificate and the other documents for him at GH¢1,500.

Aggor was arrested when Abioye called him and asked that they meet at Awudome to transact another business.

The prosecutor told the court that the Aggor admitted in his statement, that he printed the certificate and the transcript, adding that it was the fourth time he had printed a university certificate for him.

The case has been adjourned to April 18.

By Castro Zangina-Tong

 

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