Atiku Abubakar has distanced himself from what he Monday described as a fake online portal, the Atiku Foundation Youth Empowerment Fund.
A statement issued by his media aide, Paul Ibe from Yola, Adamawa State, said the portal was set up by some unscrupulous element with identity forgery of the former Vice President of Nigeria and chieftain of the PDP. (See link https://bit.ly/ATIKU-YOUTH-EMPOWERMENT)
The portal was supposedly set up without his consent with the intention to defraud, Ibe said.
“The objective of the criminals behind this scam is to defraud unsuspecting members of the public by advertising the identity of Atiku Abubakar as being associated with the fraud.
“We warn supporters of Atiku Abubakar and the general public not to patronize any portal called Atiku Foundation for Youth Empowerment. The portal is fake and certainly does not enjoy the authorization of Atiku. Indeed this scam was first introduced in 2019 by criminal elements.
“We also warn the general public and supporters of the Waziri of Adamawa not to patronize any scheme in his name, which is not expressly advertised on the verified social media accounts of the former vice-president.
“We call on law enforcement agencies to track and arrest the individuals behind this online crime and identity forgery and bring them to face the law,” Ibe said in distancing the former vice-president from it.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the online portal with Atiku’s picture in suit claims to be empowering those who submit their names with N10,000 each. As at 12.37 p.m. on Monday, the portal claims to have empowered more than 150,000.