A 26-year-old banker, Daniel Makanjuola, has been arrested by the Police in Lagos for using a forged West African Senior School Certificate and Lagos State University’s statement of result to get a job at Wema Bank Plc, Marina branch,Lagos Island.
The police said Makanjuola pretended that he was a degree holder in marketing with Second Class, Upper Division, and had also provided a forged National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate and a reference letter to the bank before he gained employment. He claimed to have obtained the letter from United Bank for Africa, where he supposedly worked previously.
According to Punch, Daniel who is 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 WEMA Bank management had sent a verification letter UBA to to verify the authenticity of the reference letter. UBA was said to have denied any knowledge of Makanjuola and the letter.
After the discovery, the bank decided to write West African Examinations Council and LASU, to confirm the veracity of his documents but both exam bodies disclaimed the results Makanjuola had presented to WEMA
The suspect was arrested after the case was reported at the Lion Building Police Station.
After his arrest, the suspect, in a statement to the police confessed to the crime and explained how he obtained the forged certificates.
He said he made the fake documents because he couldn’t get a job and he wanted to alleviate the poverty in his family.
“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 the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on three counts of forgery.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges before the presiding magistrate, Mr. A. Adefulire.
Adefulire granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. He adjourned the case till October 22, 2015.