Lagos - The Lagos State Deputy Governor,
Dr Idiat Adebule, on Wednesday disowned a Facebook account created in her name
by an impostor trying to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Desoye
Oyelami, the Public Relations Officer, Deputy Governor’s Office.
The statement alerted the general public that some
unscrupulous elements had been using her name, most notably on Facebook, to
dupe innocent members of the public.
It urged the general public to be wary of such cyber
fraudsters in order not to fall victim of the ungodly practice.
''One of such fraudsters recently linked her with one
deceptive ' Federal Government Empowerment Scheme', advertised on Facebook
account using the details of the Deputy Governor.
''These fraudsters are attempting to capitalise on her
goodwill to dupe members of the public, particularly her associates and members
of her religious organisation.
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''Efforts are on the top gear to apprehend those behind this
mischievous act in due course, ''it said.
The statement urged Nigerians to disregard any form of
financial appeal via social media, be it for her own personal use, or
government, as may be directed by the cyber fraudsters.
It warned that she had not at any time made such appeal
either in person or through any agent on social media platform or other
''I, therefore, charge members of the public who may come
across such fraudulent messages to disregard them and report such account or
site to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
''This will stop this criminal act and ensure that those
behind such notorious acts are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to
others,’’ the statement said.
It also said that Adebule had suspended all her social media
According to the statement, the public will be duly informed
on the platforms to use in sharing ideas and opinions on government policies
and programmes in the near future.