The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has raised the alarm that some impostors have opened Facebook accounts in his name to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Ekweremadu, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu, said the intention of the criminals was to engage in shady deals and defraud innocent Nigerians.
The statement reads in part, “Our teeming supporters and members of the public are hereby warned not to have anything to do with any of such Facebook accounts, as they have absolutely nothing to do with Senator Ike Ekweremadu or Office of the Deputy President of the Senate.
“Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu has no Facebook account and anyone dealing with or communicating with anyone who claims to be the Deputy President of the Senate on any matter, including contracts, appointments, scholarships, sponsorship, among others, is certainly doing so at his or her or risk.
“The person is obviously dealing with fraudsters. His scholarship scheme and other empowerment programmes are handled by the Ikeoha Foundation, a nongovernmental and not-for-profit organisation he founded in 1997.
“The annual scholarship programmes and bursary awards are usually advertised and the beneficiaries selected based on pre-determined criteria.”