A senior protocol officer in the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing, has been arrested for allegedly forging the official Identity Card and signature of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
In a statement by Sunday James, spokesperson of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Maikudi Haruna was accused of forging the Fashola’s signature to help one Abubakar Mustapha, his client, obtain an official passport.
According to the statement, Haruna collected the sum of N250,000 from Mustapha and created the ministry’s staff identity card for him in order to process the passport with the NIS.
He said despite knowing that Mustapha was not a staff of the ministry, Haruna went ahead to forge the minister’s signature on the identity card.
Haruna has been arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja before Justice Taiwo Taiwo with charges of conspiracy, making false statement for the purpose of procuring Nigerian passport and engaging in forgery.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of the NIS has advised prospective applicants seeking the Nigerian passport to avoid false declarations, forgery and use of fake breeder documents.