Agric Minister raises alarm over fake Facebook account
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has raised alarm over impersonators defrauding the public through his name on Facebook social media.
Ogbeh denied ownership of any Facebook account opened in his name.
The Minister advised the public both local and international to disregard such account as impersonators had resorted to taking undue advantage of the innocent public using his pictures.
In a statement by his Adviser, Media and Communications, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, on Thursday in Abuja, Facebook had repeatedly shut down such fake accounts upon request by the Minister.
He stated that the fraudsters lured victims with deceptive offers of agricultural loans, grants and bogus or non-existent government programmes, aiming at defrauding the unsuspecting prospects.
It reads: “The public, both in Nigeria and outside, is hereby informed and advised to disregard any Facebook account attributed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh. This message is important as it has come to the attention of the Minister that some impersonators have been defrauding Facebook users with the name, photographs of the Minister.
“It has become imperative to emphasise that, despite several earlier public warnings, some online impersonators have continued to open fake Facebook accounts using his name and photographs in desperate attempts to defraud unsuspecting people.An earlier statement, issued on May 3rd, 2017, to warn the public about this scam is hereby re-emphasised, that Chief Ogbeh has no personal Facebook Account. Accordingly, all Facebook accounts in his name are fake.”
“An earlier statement, issued on May 3rd, 2017, to warn the public about this scam is hereby re-emphasised, that Chief Ogbeh has no personal Facebook Account. Accordingly, all Facebook accounts in his name are fake.”
“It is a verified Twitter handle: @AuduOgbeh, this can be followed through the official verified Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also, @FmardNg, can be followed thus: https://twitter.com/FmardNg.
“The official Facebook channel of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through which the Minister communicates, can be accessed by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/ fmardnig/ Those who have decided to be friends with counterfeit Facebook accounts purportedly bearing the Minister’s name are hereby advised to unfriend all of them,” he added.
The Special Assistant to the Minister on Social Media, Aishat Onusi had earlier issued same warning to the public to disregard the fake social media account.
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