The Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council of All Progressives Congress (APC), James Faleke, has dissociated himself from a post in his Facebook account asking Nigerians to donate money.
According to the member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, the post is the handwork of cybercriminals who hacked his account and are using it to demand money from Nigerians.
Those behind the hacking have been asking unsuspecting Nigerians to pay the sum of N18, 500 to access the empowerment fund from the PCC.
He said: “I have been inundated with reports from several Nigerians about the activities of some unscrupulous elements who hacked my official Facebook account, to extort unsuspecting Nigerians.
“According to them, these individuals requested that the intending beneficiaries should pay the sum of N18,500 into a designated account.
“One of the individuals behind this fraud is also sending messages to unsuspecting victims using the name of a certain Dr Lukman Johnny with phone number 08147136835, and who is said to be a staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Abuja,” he said.
Mr Faleke shared a sample of the message which reads; “Dr Lukman Johnny on 08147136835 tell him I directed you. He is the director in charge of the empowerment fund in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture here in Abuja, he will guide you on what to do.”
This is as he stated that there is no empowerment scheme by the APC campaign council that requires beneficiaries to pay any money.
“I, therefore, wish to put on record that I am not aware of any empowerment fund being allocated or distributed to any individual or group of persons by Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, or by myself.
“At no given time did I initiate such a scheme and will not subscribe to any form of dubious activities of fraudsters.
“While I urge Nigerians not to subscribe to the antics of these criminals, I also wish to appeal to all and sundry to track and report the activities of the criminals to relevant security agencies near them and ensure that they are apprehended and prosecuted,” Mr Faleke said.