April 19, 2024

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By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—The Cross River State Local Government Pensions Board has raised the alarm over an alleged fraudster named Ekanem Inyang, who uses multiple phone and bank accounts to swindle unsuspecting pensioners in the state.

Mrs. Maria Odu, Executive Secretary/Director of Administration of the board, confirmed this in a statement.

Odu alleged that Inyang has been posing as an agent of the board and deceiving unsuspecting pensioners into believing that he could assist them process their gratuity.

The statement read: “The board has observed with dismay the activities of some unscrupulous elements, including the alleged impersonator, Ekanem Inyang (phone numbers: 08142201801, 07033286242), and the related bank account details: Acct name: Ekanem Monday James, Acct num: 3191026990, bank name: FirstBank; Acct name: Samuel Omoh, Acct num: 4470189161, bank name: Eco Bank)

“These individuals deceive pensioners, swindle them of their hard-earned money under the guise of processing their gratuity.

“Although gratuity disbursement has not yet begun, the government is diligently working towards its commencement.
“The board strongly say that it never requires financial inducements to fulfill its civic responsibilities and warned the public, especially pensioners, to be cautious of such impostors

“The board is actively investigating the matter and is determined to bring the culprits to justice.”