30th June, 2015
The immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Monday once again dissociated himself from a Facebook scam whereby some unscrupulous persons are using his photographs and ascribing fictitious statements to him on a fake Facebook account with the aim to defraud innocent people.
The call became necessary, for the umpteenth time, in view of the activities of scammers who have been issuing out series of Facebook comments and information in his name with the intention of duping unsuspecting members of the public.
A statement by Fashola’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, said the conmen have, through Facebook, been urging unsuspecting people to apply for some government facilities or utilities meant to benefit the public but to which some agencies of government have been given the responsibility to manage.
One of such information titled, “Disbursement of Subsidy Dividend (SURE-P)” purported to have been issued by the former Governor is informing “Citizens that Subsidy proceed is available for Agro and commercial business”, and asking them to “Apply for soft loan with no collateral, zero percent interest rate and flexible terms”.
While advising members of the public to always clarify with the appropriate agencies of government at all levels before engaging in any dealings with people purportedly working for them, the statement urged people to report to the law enforcement agencies so that those involved in the nefarious act can be made to face the wrath of the law.