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Fraudsters impersonate Nigeria Army Chief on social media 

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Jude Johnson

The Nigerian Army has warned members of the public to beware of fraudsters impersonating the Chief of Army Staff (COAS ), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in various social media platforms.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, on Thursday, expressed concern about the activities of some fraudsters and mischievous persons in the society that go about defrauding innocent persons in the name of Buratai.

Usman said the fraudsters are employing various means and techniques through the use of the internet and social media to perpetrate their criminal acts.

“These includes name-dropping, claiming that they were sent to solicit for assistance or patronage using the name and photographs of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General TY Buratai to create various social media accounts with the intent of currying favours and financial assistance, amongst other tricks,” he said.

The DAPR stressed that at no time has Buratai solicited for funds and assistance through individuals, groups and any of the social media platforms.

In view of this, he said, members of the general public are therefore enjoined to be wary of such persons or groups and social media accounts in the name of the Chief of Army Staff.

Usman assured that efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend such persons.

He also urged people to be vigilant and to report such suspected persons to the nearest Police Station, Nigerian Army formations or units and other security agencies.

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