EFCC arrests forgery expert in Sokoto
The North West Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one Aliyu Haliru Alinco, an artist who specialises in forging signatures, stamps and seals in connection with alleged conspiracy, impersonation and forgery.
EFCC’s Zonal Head, Abdullahi Lawal, who paraded the suspect yesterday, said between 2009 and 2010, Alinco forged the signatures of a former Permanent Secretary in the Sokoto State Ministry, Bature M. Shinkafi and a former Accountant General in the ministry, Aminu Abdullahi, on two documents dated October 5, 2009 and March 17, 2010.
He stated that the documents were addressed to the Managing Director of ATLASS Portfolios Limited, a Lagos-based broker mandating the company to sell 10,928,569 units of UBA Plc shares worth N157.5m.
After selling the shares, he diverted over N100m culminating in the investigation of four other persons and a firm, but the commission confirmed that the suspects have started refunding the diverted money to the EFCC.