12th September, 2015
Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the weekend drew attention of members of the public to the antics of hackers, who compromised his twitter account @tundefashola and posted four tweets in a language that resembled Japanese.
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Hakeem Bello on Saturday, the twitter account must have been compromised on Friday, as members of the public, who follow the former Governor, started calling to draw his attention to the strange tweets in the early hours of Saturday.
Fashola also recently dissociated himself from a facebook scam, whereby some unscrupulous persons used his photographs and ascribed fictitious statements to him on fake Facebook accounts aimed at defrauding innocent people.
The call became necessary for the umpteenth time, the statement said then, 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 Bello said the conmen had, 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 informed “Citizens that Subsidy proceed is available for Agro and commercial business”, and asked 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 acts could be made to face the wrath of the law.