By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A middle-aged man, identified as Fakorede Olabisi Johnson is now in Police net in Ibadan for forging the letterhead of the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State in a bid to secure employment as Coordinating Secretary of the State’s Local Government Service Commission.
Fakorede was arrested on Tuesday at the Oyo state Local Government Service Commission and taken to the office of the Head of Service, while he was trying to secure office accommodation.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, MrTaiwo Adisa, Fakorede had earlier approached the Commission with a letter purportedly signed by the Chief Press Secretary, which he claimed appointed him as the Acting Coordinating Secretary(Local Government Service).
In the forged letter, Fakorede claimed that his appointment was pursuant to section 42(2&3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
It was learnt that the arrested impostor had on Monday presented the forged letter to the Service Commission and demanded to be allocated an office and an official car with the staff of the Commission asking him to report on Tuesday when the office would have been put together.
Nemesis however caught up with Fakorede when checks by the Staff of the Commission at the Office of the Head of Service and the Chief Press Secretary confirmed the letter was forged leading to officials at the state Secretariat setting a dragnet for him which later led to his arrest on Tuesday.
Upon his arrest, Fakorede claimed he committed the crime in order to survive and that he was ignorant of the implications, adding that he forged the letter when he heard the name of the CPS on radio as he had always longed to get a political appointment.
“I am a native of Oyo town but I live in Lagos. I listened to the news and heard of the name of the Press Secretary on Radio. I like political appointment that is why I designed the appointment in the form of a political appointment.I forged the letter by myself, nobody told me to do it. I was pushed to do it by ignorance.”
The arrested impostor has been handed over to the Police for further investigation and trial.
Addressing journalists in his office, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, told indigenes of the State to be wary of fraudsters who might want to take advantage of the change in government to commit fraud.