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Alake distances self from scam phone number

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Solid Minerals Development Minister, Dr. Dele Alake has distanced himself from a phone number being exploited by a scammer on the widely-used social media platform, WhatsApp.

According to a statement on 26 June 2024, by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori, on 26, Alake clarified that the contact number ‘+234 707 743 7582’ does not belong to him, his aides or anyone affiliated with the Solid Minerals Development Ministry.

The statement reads in part: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake has been drawn to a phone number being used by a scammer, purporting to be the minister on the popular social media platform, WhatsApp.

“The fraudster operating with the contact number +234 707 743 7582, bearing the image of Dr. Alake, is not associated with the minister, his aides, or anyone in the minister’s office.

“This is the handiwork of an impostor. The Minister urges the public to disregard any correspondence or communication supposedly from him through the said contact number.

“This serves as a disclaimer while we work with the security agencies to identify the culprit and bring upon him the full weight of the law”.

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