Lalong disowns fake empowerment programme on Facebook

By John Ogunsemore

Senator for Plateau South, Senator Simon Lalong has disowned a Facebook account asking people to apply for an “ongoing Federal Government Agricultural Empowerment Fund for Small Farmers and Small Scale Businesses” under his recommendation.

This is contained in a statement signed by Special Adviser (Media) to the senator, Dr. Makut Macham, on Thursday.

“In the fake communication, the Distinguished Senator is alleged to be directing interested persons to contact one ‘Dr. Timothy on 08163017587’ who is said to be the Director of the programme.

“The Senator wishes to dissociate himself from the said Facebook account and its contents as well as the so-called Agricultural Empowerment Fund or its alleged Director which is not only fake, but an attempt by scammers to dupe unsuspecting members of the public using his good name and office,” Macham said.

He stated that Lalong has a clear line of communication with his constituents and will extend any programme to them in an unambiguous manner through his official channels and not the fake account created by fraudsters to use his name and office for dubious purposes.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to disregard the said Facebook account and its contents.

“The Senator has equally alerted the authorities to fish out and arrest those behind the scam with a view to bringing them to justice,” Macham added.

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