Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed
The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Wednesday paraded a syndicate, which specialises in the production of fake number plates and particulars for commercial motorcycles.
The state Commandant of the corps, Mallam Yerima Gana, who spoke with journalists in Ilorin, said the syndicate issued a number plate at a fee of N55,000.
The commandant, who paraded one Akanbi Jimoh, for allegedly stealing of a motorcycle, added that the suspect was also arrested with various fake number plates and motorcycle particulars.
Gana, who also said the suspect was not an agent or member of staff of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), stressed that the suspect was also a taxi driver.
According to him, “One Olufemi Adeyemi, approached us on February 24, 2013 to report that his motorcycle with registration number EKY 660 QB (Lagos) was carted away while he parked to buy a recharge card around Asa Dam area, Ilorin.”
He said: “On February 26, 2013, our intelligence officer spotted a Bajaj motorcycle with the same reported stolen motorcycle along Asa Dam being ridden by one Olayinka Kayode.”
The commandant stressed that: “Upon investigation, it was revealed that Olayinka Kayode got the number plate through one Rafiu Raji Ewe, chairman of a unit of commercial motocyclist association in Ilorin. Rafiu Raji also informed us that he procured the number plate from one Jimoh Akanbi at fee of N55,000.”
The commandant, who said the suspect would soon be charged to court, warned the masses to beware of fraudsters and get their vehicles or motorcycle papers or particulars from legal sources, saying: “This is because, if stolen it can easily be traced.”