By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
Con artists have taken their nefarious activities to a new height by latching on the platforms and personalities of top-ranking Nigerian politicians to defraud people.
The latest of such tricks was the creation and deployment of a Facebook account in the name of the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, by criminals, who are using same to solicit financial assistance and fleecing unsuspecting persons in the process.
Although the amount of money already obtained by the fraudsters in the name of the governor is not yet ascertained, the governor has raised the alarm that he has no such facebook account and has not also authorised anyone to open that in his name.
The Special Adviser to the Executive Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Hon Ibrahim Dosara, said in a statement made available to Saturday Vanguard that the governor noted with dismay that the governor’s name had been used by unscrupulous elements to defraud members of the public.
office of the Special Adviser is therefore notifying the public, particularly the Governor’s friends, associates and all those using facebook and other social media platforms that Governor Yari has nothing to do with the said facebook account. It was created by criminals for reasons best known to them. “Nigerians are therefore advised not to interact with the operators of the Facebook
account. We also solicit for your cooperation in exposing the perpetrators of such criminal act with a view to bringing them to book,” the governor’s aide said.