Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has raised the alarm that some impersonators have been using his name and photographs to defraud unsuspecting Facebook users.
Ogbeh in a statement by his adviser on media and communications, Olukayode Oyeleye, said despite several warnings, some impersonators have continued to open fake accounts on Facebook in desperate attempt 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,” the statement read in part.
The statement regretted that although many such fake accounts have earlier been shut down by Facebook repeatedly on the minister’s request, more have continued to spring up, luring people with phoney offers of agricultural loans, grants and bogus or non-existent government programmes, aiming at defrauding the unsuspecting prospects.
“The only personal social media account Chief Ogbeh currently keeps is a verified Twitter handle @AuduOgbeh. The official verified Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also is @FmardNg,” it said.