The Management of NDDC has alerted Nigerians not to transact any business on online accounts on Facebook and LinkedIn, opened in the name of Mr Efiong Akwa, the Interim Administrator and Chief Executive of the Commission, which are deceiving people into parting with large sums of money.
In a press Statement signed by the Director of New Media of NDDC, Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, the Commission noted that Mr. Akwa “does not own, nor operate, social media accounts, neither does NDDC ask people to make payments before doing business with the Commission.”
The statement further read: “These accounts are fake and are operated by criminals, with the sole intent to swindle people into parting with their money, with the promise of receiving patronage from the Commission. They are preying on unsuspecting and desperate Nigerians and business persons who are falling victim to this scam.”
The Commission stated that “efforts are being made to fish out the swindlers and bring them to book. The appropriate security agencies are being alerted, so that they can take necessary action to put an end to this scam.”
It added: They cannot continue to use the name and image of an innocent man and an unsuspecting Commission to steal from people and commit this heinous crime. We wish to categorically restate that Mr. Akwa does not have, and has never opened any Facebook or LinkedIn account. Members of the public are advised not to fall prey to these criminals.”
“Nigerians are strongly advised not to enter into online business and financial transactions without physically confirming the authenticity of such deals with the other party,” the statement said.