By Palma Ileye
FCT Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Olusola Odumosu, has said that attention has been drawn to reports on the existence of a fake Facebook account opened by fraudsters in his name.
This was disclosed in a press release issued yesterday by ASCI Okomanyi Comfort, CDPRO of the FCT Command.
According to the statement, unauthorised and fraudulent Facebook account which was opened by impostors immediately the Commandant took over as the FCT Commandant on August 15, 2023, has since been used to defraud unsuspecting individuals, friends, families, colleagues and associates of the Commandant.
It stated that as at the time of filing this report, the fraudster had added over two thousand, five hundred, 2500, persons as friends to the fake Facebook account.
It disclosed that reliable information gathered revealed that the impostor disguises as the FCT Commandant by randomly picking his pictures online, posting and updating the Facebook page to make people believe that the account was being operated by him.
Also stating that the conman was reported to have been engaging unsuspecting victims, especially Personnel of the NSCDC in conversation and chats via Facebook messenger, promising to assist them with foreign training to Canada where they will be paid in Dollars, as well as other juicy offers if they pay a certain amount of money as incentive to the Commandant.
The statement further disclosed that the victims were further referred to contact one unknown and non existence Deputy Commandant of Corps, DCC Benson Odoh, for proper documentation and processing of the overseas training after the payment of N6000 as recharge card money.
The FCT Command statement, read, “The Public are hereby seriously warned not to fall victim to this criminals, masquerading as the FCT Commandant on social media with the intention of defrauding them.
“The public should please note that the Facebook account is Fake and not opened by the FCT Commandant. Therefore, anyone being added are advised to henceforth, report the page to Facebook as a fraudulent account and thereafter unfriend him by exiting the page.
“In addition, nobody should give any amount of money or any form of inducement for whatever favour or assistance the fraudster may be claiming to offer.
“We therefore wish to appeal to well meaning Nigerians or anyone with useful information about the identity of the individual behind the fraudulent Facebook account to approach the FCT Command or send message anonymously in order to unmask the impostor.”
Furthermore it stated that, “the FCT Commandant is a man of principle and integrity who is committed to his constitutional assignments and the accomplishment of the Corps mandates in FCT and therefore could not have been linked to such sharp practices.”