Police Arrests Wema Banker For Forging WASSCE, University Results

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 26-year-old banker, Daniel Makanjuola, for using a cloned West African Senior School Certificate and Lagos State University’s statement of result to secure employment at the Wema Bank Plc, Marina branch, on the Lagos Island.

The police said Makanjuola had paraded himself as a degree holder in marketing with Second Class, Upper Division, before his arrest.

He was also said to have tendered a forged National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate and a
reference letter to the bank. He claimed to have obtained the letter from United Bank for Africa, his purported former workplace.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect, who hails from Ijero Local Government Area in Ekiti State, had joined the bank in 2013, before he was sacked in July 2015 after the documents were confirmed to be fake.

It was gathered that the fraudulent act was discovered after the management sent a letter to the UBA to verify the genuineness of the reference letter. The UBA was said to have denied knowledge of Makanjuola and the letter.

The discovery prompted the bank to write West African Examinations Council and LASU, which also disclaimed the results. The suspect was arrested after the case was reported at the Lion Building Police Station.

The bank’s Public Relations Officer, Emela Esohe, said Makanjuola owned up to the act before a disciplinary committee.

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The suspect, in a statement he made to the police, also confessed to the crime and explained how he obtained the forged certificates.

He said he resorted to the act to alleviate the poverty in his family, adding that it was one Vincent who helped him to get the reference letter.

He said:
“I am actually a National Diploma holder. I secured the fake WASCE and LASU results, using a search engine and CorelDraw application. I scanned an NYSC certificate and used some applications to edit it. I did it in order to put an end to the suffering of my poor family. I am the only son of my father. I want the authority to be compassionate with my case. I was only trying to live a better life.”
A police prosecutor, Inspector I. Okeke, arraigned Makanjuola at a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on three counts of forgery.

The charges read in part, “That you, Daniel Makanjuola sometime in September 2013, at Wema Bank, Marina, Lagos Island, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did forge West Africa Senior School Certificate, dated December, 2005 with candidate number, 5250209357 and certificate number, ASSCP 3841537.

“That you forged notification of final year examination result 2008/2009 academic session from LASU with reference number, LASU/E&R/405, dated March 11, 2010 and use it to secure employment at Wema Bank Plc.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges before the presiding magistrate, Mr. A. Adefulire.

Adefulire admitted him to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. He adjourned the case till October 22, 2015.

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15 Comments

  1. I do not want to hear that this poor boy who is trying to survive is being sent to jail because our Senate president who made a false declaration of his assets at the same time stole the state funds to buy properties worth billions of naira is still sitting there screening ministerial nominees while his colleagues have vowed that they will resist any attempt to remove him. Please, police and court leave this boy alone.

  2. You don’t know that those people you mentioned started like this. This is why Nigeria remains like this because some people who occupying positions today are not merit it but claim to commit whatever crime in sake of surviving the family. Their is a lot of this case in all our industries and if the present government start to dig into this mess then am ready to believe that true change has come.

  3. Anybody who secures a banking job with fake documents is certainly up to no good. Its a shame that Wema Bank has no proper screening procedures. Does it take two years to verify an applicant’s educational qualification or his employment history? After paying the guy for two years and compromised customers data, the bank is now sacking him. Tomorrow, somebody might be arrested with 200 ATM cards and people will start wondering.

  4. So why do we need to go to school and learn all the algorithms and almighty formula when you don’t need them to work in a bank. Seriously, he may have committed an offence but he did well on the job. Nigeria as a nation should learn from other countries that we do not need big big book to have common sense and knowledge.

  5. He should b penalise accordingly so dat dis wil serve as deterrent to others. Poverty should never b excuse to indulge in crime.

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