Minister for Zongo and Inner-City Development (MICZD), Alhaji Abu-bakar Saddique Boniface, has cautioned his followers to be wary of activities of one Addo, who parades himself as his Special Assistant on Facebook, among others.
According to the minister, it has come to his notice that the self-styled special assistant has, over the years, been visible on Facebook, and succeeded in cloning an account, purporting to be that of the minister to dupe unsuspecting people.
The minister was clear that he does not help his followers and take money in return and that anything he does is out of his benevolence to see people in the zongo areas up their game.
AlhajiSaddique Boniface, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina in the Greater Accra Region, made this revelation to the media after a gentleman walked into his office to report on how the said [Addo] had collected monies from some parents in Akwatia in the Eastern Region, using the minister’s Facebook account.
He minced no words in indicating that since the beginning of his political career, he had never had the course to use the services of a special assistant so, anybody dealing with a person purporting to be “my Special Assistant does not know me.”
“I have never had a Special Assistant and I don’t make use of Special Assistants and I have ways of engaging people to work for me not in the capacity of a Special Assistant,” he insisted.
The victim explained that the monies were given to the said (Addo) to facilitate the enlistment of their wards into the army.
According to the victim, a sum of over seven thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC7,000) was wired by MTN mobile money into the said Addo’s account for that purpose.
Since others were wired to the self-styled special assistant’s account, he has been playing hide-and-seek with them, he told the minister.
A gentleman by name one Addo has been parading himself as the Special Assistant of the minister of inner-city and zongo development on Facebook.
He claims he manages the account that belongs to the minister of inner-city and zongo development and uses that to lure unsuspecting clients.
The matter has since been reported to the Cybercrime Unit of the National Security but there are indications, he has been operating on the blindside of the security apparatus.
In certain instances, he makes demands for monies to be paid into his Commercial Bank account from unsuspecting clients for the purchase of some knock-down motorbikes.
Last year, he managed to lure over one hundred innocent persons from across the country under the pretext of securing them enlistment into the army.
He created the impression in the minds of his unsuspecting clients that they were coming to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra for military medicals only for them to be told by officers of the hospital that there was nothing like that going on at the hospital.
It is in view of this that the frustrated victims begun calling the Member of Parliament (MP) to narrate their ordeals to him.
He had further succeeded in making one teacher at Akwatia heavily indebted to the community as he went round as lead agent in gathering people to take advantage of the offers being offered by the minister through this self-styled personal assistant.
Reports have it that he has been using different names now to lure unsuspecting clients using the fake minister’s Facebook account.
Against this background, Alhaji Boniface Saddique alerted the general public that he has no Special Assistant by that name who has the following telephone numbers: 0247948820, 0558456461, 0558456479, 0503988709, 0546746150, 0503988711, 0558691212 and 0207469067 among others.
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