Lagos - Unknown fraudsters have set up a fake account purportedly belonging to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on social media.
The account is believed to have been used to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The Senate leader has however disassociated himself from the social media account saying it was the handiwork of conmen.
Special Adviser to the Senate President, Uche Anichukwu, in a statement, warned the public to be wary of the account.
The statement reads: "The attention of the Office of the Deputy President of the Senate has been drawn to the activities of impostors who open Facebook accounts in the name of His Excellency, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu."
According to Anichukwu, the intents of the defaulters, are to engage in shady deals and defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
"Our teeming supporters and members of the public are hereby warned not to have anything to do with any of such Facebook accounts, as they have absolutely nothing to do with Senator Ike Ekweremadu or Office of the Deputy President of the Senate."
He said Ekweremadu had no Facebook account and anyone dealing with or communicating with anyone who claims to be the Deputy President of the Senate on any matter, including contracts, appointments, scholarships and sponsorship was doing so at his or her or risk.
The person, he said, was dealing with fraudsters.
"His (Ekweremadu's) scholarship scheme and other empowerment programmes are handled by the Ikeoha Foundation, a nongovernmental and not-for-profit organisation he founded in 1997. Annual scholarship programmes and bursary awards are usually advertised and the beneficiaries selected based on pre-determined criteria," Anichukwu said.
- CAJ News