- The public and government officials have been warned of plans by fraudsters to defraud them
- According to the DSS, the swindlers are targeting those looking for well-placed positions in top government functionaries, those seeking new appointments or renewal of terms
- Anyone who may have been caught up in any of the situation has been asked to report to security agencies immediately
The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned of attempt by swindlers to extort money from unsuspecting government officials following moves by President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet.
The DSS in a statement by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said the fraudsters are targeting officials in sought-after government functionaries, Vanguard reports.
A part of the statement read: “The Department of State Services, DSS, wishes to draw the attention of the public, particularly heads of public institutions to the new pattern of fraud in the country targeted at them.
“Investigations disclosed that the fraudsters use names of the supervising authorities of the Chief Executive Officers to extort or fleece them (the CEOs) of huge sums of money."
The statement further said that the fraudsters act on the fear of their victims who must have believed that they are acting on behalf of highly placed government functionaries.
It also added that another way the con artists use to get money is to target those who want positions in the government and cook up implicating materials against them.
“In other instances, heads of agencies are made to feel that there are incriminating materials against them for which they must pay or be arrested by security agencies.
“Those also targeted are persons seeking new appointments or renewal of terms. It is envisaged that the act may be at its peak during this transition period when prospective appointees are jostling for positions.
“This notice, therefore, serves as an early warning to possible victims who are hereby advised to be wary of the antics of these merchants,” it said.
The DSS therefore asked anybody who may have been caught up in any of the situation to report to security agencies immediately to avoid being defrauded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that there are indications that no fewer than 15 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross Rivers state are jostling to become a member of President Muhammadu Buhari's new cabinet.
It was gathered that the position would automatically make the person the party’s highest political leader in the state.
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