Sat. Apr 13th, 2024


The publication making the rounds in the social media alleging that Abia State Governor Alex Otti has urged the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to open the Financial Relief Support Funds in order to curb the distress in the State due to high level of inflation and economic hardship; and that every citizen is entitled to receive the sum of N10,000 for 3 months, has been described as false.

The “fake publication” which has gone viral with the caption, “ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT ₦10,000 RELIEF FUND IS ONGOING”, had urged Abians to apply using this link and had also urged the public to share the link with others to let them all have the information and to also benefit from the false RELIEF FUND.

“Due to high level of Inflation and Economic Hardship, high cost of feeding, *GOV. Alex Otti* have urge that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation should open the financial relief support funds in order to corp distress in the state. Every citizen is entitled to receive the sum of ₦10,000 for 3 Months”, the publication had partly read.

Debunking the false publication, Prince Okey Kanu, Abia State Commissioner for Information and Culture, in a release made available to newsmen further described it as a scam designed to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

While urging the Abians and the general public to ignore the publication about the purported relief funds as it is non- existent, the Abia State Government maintained that it has its proper channels of communication to the people and would always deploy such  communication channels when the need rises.

“This crop of disingenuous scammers also provided a link for people to log on and apply for the said relief fund.

“Abia State Government hereby distances itself from the scam publication which is aimed at defrauding  gullible individuals of their hard earned money . The state Government therefore advises all Abians and residents to refrain from patronizing the scammers. The link they provided should not be clicked upon as they will use such an opportunity to collect the vital personal and banking details of victims”, the release also read.

The release further enjoined members of the public to report “the perpetrators of this scam” to security agencies where their identities are known for necessary action.


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