14 November 2012

Nigeria: Fashola Raises Alarm, As Fraudsters Impersonate Wife On Facebook

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The Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday raised an alarm over activities of certain individuals operating with the identity of his wife, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, on facebook and other social networks, disowning the existence of any facebook account purportedly being operated by the First Lady of the State.

A press release signed by the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, stated that the First Lady of Lagos State did not operate a facebook, twitter or indeed any social media account.

Describing impersonation as a criminal offence punishable by law, the release stated that members of the public should beware to avoid falling victim of fraudsters impersonating the First Lady on the facebook or any social media outlet.

"For the avoidance of doubt, the First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola does not operate any facebook, twitter or indeed any social media account," it said.

"The attention of the Governor's Office was recently called to the activities of impostors posing as the wife of the Governor of Lagos State via facebook thus leading to an investigation which revealed about four different facebook accounts purportedly operated by the First Lady.

The release said perpetrators of the criminal act should desist henceforth or should be ready to face the music when the long arm of the law catches up with them.

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