Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday raised alarm that his phone number has been hacked by some fraudsters to extort money from members of the state cabinet and permanent secretary.
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.