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ROBBERS BURGLE NPC OFFICE STEAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES IN LAGOS

The National Population Commission (NPC) Badagry office located at Town Hall near Topo Garage, in Lagos State has been burgled by robbers.

A staff member of the commission, Mrs Funmilayo Bojrenu told the Newsmen in Badagry that vital documents belonging to NPC were stolen.

Narrating the incident, Mrs Bojrenu said they left the office on Friday around 4:30 pm, with all the doors locked and all documents intact, only to resume and discover that “our doors have been burgled.”

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“They ransacked everywhere probably in search of money and when they didn’t find any money, they stole birth certificate booklets, calculator, perforator, staplers and office cabinet.

“They were able to gain access to the office because the doors do not have burglary proof at the entry and we have complained several times to the Badagry Local Government chairman, Mr Olusegun Onilude about this.

“Even, he has sent the council engineer to come to our office but after his visit, nothing has happened since,” she said.

Mrs Anthonia Kalu, the Deputy Director, NPC, Badagry office who was on official assignment in Oyo State, told newsmen on the phone that it was the third time the office would be burgled in 2022.

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According to the deputy director, they burgled it once in 2021.

“The Town Hall is no longer secure again since they pulled down the fence for the reconstruction of the road to Topo.

“The hall is now home for commercial motorcycle riders who are homeless.

“We are appealing to the chairman of the council to help us construct a burglary proof to prevent them from breaking into the office again,” she said.

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The major role of the NPC is to give out birth and death certificates to Nigerians.

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