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Fake SiaOne academy uncovered

11 July 2012, 12:12

Abuja - One Nigel Aisosa is alleged to have finalised plans to start a football academy with the name SiaOne this Saturday in Kubwa area of Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

Former Nigeria head coach, Samson Siasia, who owns an academy under same name, raised the alarm to SuperSport.com that the alleged impostor did not get his consent to run any programme on behalf of him or his academy.

“I don’t know anybody called Nigel Aisosa and I don’t have in my programme any camping or screening exercise for my academy for this Saturday. It seems somebody somewhere in the name of Nigel Aisosa is trying to defraud soccer-loving Nigerians and I want them to beware of such fraudster.

“Any time that I want to hold any programme for SiaOne Soccer Academy, I will duly publicise such in the newspapers, radio and television as I used to do. It is not that I will use just one online medium like the guy used.

“The fraudster is asking players to pay certain amount to an Access Bank account. I want Nigerians to disregard this because I have no hand in it and it is simply a case of fraud," said Siasia.

However, when SuperSport.com hoodwinked the alleged fraudster into speaking the guise of a would-be client, he responded by giving details of the programme including financial aspect of it.

"Yes the programme is holding this Saturday at the NYSC camp in Kubwa, Abuja. Are you coming for it or you want to register someone," he asked.

"No, I'm bringing my child," responded our reporter. "So how much is the form?"

"The form is just N5,000 (around $32) per head and for those coming from outside of Abuja you will pay an additional N3,000 (around $19) for accommodation. The programme is the screening exercise to gain admission into the academy.

"I will send you the details of the Access Bank account you will pay into. And when you pay please call me and inform me," the man parading himself as Aisosa said to our reporter during a three-minute telephone conversation.

At exactly 12.45pm, Aisosa kept true to his words and sent our reporter a text confirming the Access Bank account numberwith the account holder being Nigel Aisosa Oriakhi.

Worried by the development, former Nigeria international, Siasia said, "We have already taken steps to apprehend the fraudster and to ensure he is brought to book.”


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