He said the fraudsters had opened an account in Skye Bank and used his phone number to send text messages to members of his cabinet to pay some specified amount of money into it.
“I must use this opportunity to appeal to all citizens and all of those who have received text messages purportedly being sent in my name. Apparently my phone has been cloned by some internet fraudsters, they sent messages round to my commissioners and permanent secretaries asking them to come and pay money into one Skye Bank account. “Please ignore those messages, they are not from us.
“It apparently shows the desperation to make money by all means. These are the small crimes, those are the corrupt tendencies that we must all as a nation put to bed. They are the ones that lead to the bigger crimes. If we focus our attention on the bigger crimes, we will lose the larger picture.
“All of these speak to the need for increasing compliance with law and order in every state, every local government, every ward, and every home. All of us must rise up and reclaim our country back from this lawlessness,” Fashola said.
The governor bemoaned the development, adding that making money through cheap means could halt the nation’s value system.