- Open over 15 fake Facebook accounts in family’s name
Even at the risk of possible arrest and consequent prosecution, scammers are at work using the name of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians, Nigerian Pilot can reveal.
For instance, during our investigations, it was gathered that would-be First Lady, Aisha Buhari alone is having no fewer than 15 Facebook accounts; same with her husband and President-elect.
One of the fake Facebook accounts in the name of Buhari’s wife reads:
“Aisha Buhari >OUR MARKET PLACE. To all my husband Muhammadu Buhari supporters who need job from any of Nigeria Police, immigration, air, Navy and custom here is a chance for you. His excellency is giving out job offers to Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters. To request for any job listed above, call our customer care number 09038601360 for more details”
“The authors of this message may be illiterate but could easily scam greedy people and that will be it,” said one EFCC operative last night.
In this light, the anti-graft official told Nigerian Pilot that scammers are professional liars who claim to have close relationship with Buhari and his family members and consequently they would want to collect money from desperate jobseekers in order to connect them with the would-be first family come May 29. “But all that is a hoax,” he added.
According to sources, they look out for people seeking political appointments from the incoming administration including membership of boards of parastatals of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
“They are also after greedy fellows like themselves who wish to meet Buhari one-on-one for favours. Here contractors and would-be jobbers easily fall victims as they are scammed by persons who claim to be “Baba’s” associates,” said a staff at APC national office in Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot was told of a group that arrived the campaign headquarters of the President-elect a fortnight ago, claiming that they had an appointment for a courtesy call on Buhari “to congratulate him and assure him of our continued support.” Security personnel present, it was gathered, later found out that they were impostors who had been scammed by persons who claimed to be “associates of Baba that can facilitate a meeting with him.”
Also, recently, Buhari had reason to disown an alleged fraudster arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for a N20m scam and who claimed to be his adopted son, saying he was not his son.
Buhari had added that he had no need to adopt any son as God had blessed him with both male and female children.
“Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) wishes to state categorically that he does not have any adopted son called “Muhammed Buhari” and had no need to adopt a son at any time having been blessed with choice children, both male and female. Muhammadu Buhari and his family do not know the said “Muhammed Buhari” who is alleged to be involved in a N20m scam and is being held by the EFCC as reported,” a statement issued on his behalf by the Chairman of the Buhari Vanguard, Jasper Azuatalam had stated.
Buhari had already warned his family members not to use his position to either collect money or break the laws of the land, stressing that he will not use his powers as president to protect any of them who broke the law when he resumes duty next month.
A family member, who attended the meeting summoned by Buhari last weekend, said the former head of state was very firm and solemn when he spoke to his wards in his Daura country home in Katsina State.
General Buhari’s family meeting comprised his children and other extended family members, where he made it very clear that he would not protect them if they violated the country’s law, harping on the anti-corruption mantra, which is one of the reasons why he received massive votes during the presidential polls.
With Buhari’s presidency secured, there is an internal shuffle in the APC camp as people are trying to secure their own political appointments.
One of the top appointments right now are for the offices of National Security Adviser and Secretary General to the FG.
While APC has discouraged speculation, people considered for the position of NSA are: “a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau (rtd) and former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Commassie.”
An anonymous APC source is quoted as saying: “although there are about three people being considered for the post of NSA, Gen. Dambazau, is currently topping the list.
“Commassie, who was Gen. Buhari’s schoolmate and one other retired officer of the SSS whose name I cannot remember now are among those being considered.”