The Lagos State Government has raised the alarm over activities of some fraudulent persons inviting unsuspecting members of the public to subscribe to the Lagos State Government Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS).

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Housing, Bosun Jeje and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, said the attention of the government had been drawn to the activities of some unscrupulous individuals trying to make quick money out of the scheme.

The government stated that through a fake website, the fraudsters provided false information purporting to emanate from government and requesting payment to certain banks.

“They have also sent out agents to sell printed forms to innocent members of the public who seek allocation of flats under the Lagos HOMS Programme. The said information, invitation and demands did not emanate from the Lagos State Government.

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“Any person or persons making such demands should immediately be reported to the nearest Police Station or Law Enforcement Agency.  Lagos State Government, in pursuit of its people oriented programmes and projects, is assiduously developing housing units and a sustainable mortgage scheme under the Lagos HOMS Programme, but it is yet to finalize and put into public domain the modalities for accessing the units,” it explained.

The statement added that while tracking down the suspects for arrest and prosecution, government assured all citizens that full details of the Lagos HOMS programme would be presented and widely publicized at the appropriate time.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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