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Okogie raises alarm over Internet fraud

By Sam Eyoboka
CATHOLIC Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has alleged that certain fraudulent individuals have invaded the Internet, using the names of Catholic top notchers to defraud innocent people.

Quoting a circular reference number 5.181/09 received from the Secretariat State Rome, Vatican City, the archbishop cautioned Catholics and fellow Nigerians “to be careful on answering or believing appeals or news received through the Internet.”

Stating that crooks could catch on such appeals or news received,the Cardinal cautioned Nigerians to be wary of mail originating from the Internet, particularly when they refer to some Catholics or official ecclesiastical authorities.

In another development, Okogie has perfected plans to say a Holy Mass at St. Stephen Catholic Church, for the prisoners at the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri on December 26, 2009 and in the New Year at the Catholic Church of the Visitation on January 2, 2010 for inmates of the Ikoyi Medium Security Prison.

According to a statement released by the Archdiocesan Director of Social Communication,Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu, Cardinal Okogie described December as a special month, a month of joy, festivity and reckoning, adding that it is specially dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.


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