Police in Monrovia under the command of the chief of Special Investigation Unit (SIU) at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Augustin Mehn, over the weekend arrested one of those suspected of masquerading with fake academic credentials including terminal degrees in the country.
Shortly after police picked up Ndien Peters; a self-proclaimed doctorate degree holder, he was taken to the Liberian National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill where he was formally charged with “forgery and impersonation.”
Interestingly, while being processed by the police, Peters reportedly made an open confession to the commission of the crime of falsification of credentials, but was quoted as telling the police that “I am not alone in the business of using false academic credentials in the country to gain employment, there are some higher ups too.”
With that confession, Mr. Peters promised to cooperate with the investigation to identify several other persons he knew to be in possession of counterfeit academic credentials surreptitiously (secretly, slyly) used to acquire jobs in Liberian society.
According to suspect Peters, those in possession of some of the counterfeit credentials have reportedly studied in the United States of America (USA) or the West African State of Nigeria as well as the University of Liberia (UL).
At the UL, some of the suspects claimed to have graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and or Master of Science in Geography (MSc), degree, but the date of entry and graduation from the UL present a questionable contrast.
Peters, has among other things, submitted documentary evidence containing names of those suspected of being in possession of falsified degrees; including the terminal ones.
Like the proverbial saying goes, to ‘add insult to injury,’ a letter in possession of the Daily Observer claiming to come from the president of the Anointed University in South Africa has denied that Peters is a graduate of the institution.
The letter further advised the National Commission of Higher Education (NCHE) in Liberia to disregard any certificate that Mr. Peters might have presented to it since he (Peters) was not a graduate of their university.
Recently, authorities of the NCHE embarked on an exercise to clean the higher education system; wherein those with fake credentials would be arrested and prosecuted in keeping with the legal framework.
However, following the completion of Peters’ preliminary investigation by the police, he was asked to go home, but to report to the police in charge of quarters regularly beginning to today.