Scammers in Nigeria are at work. They have launched an election grant scheme called the ‘Atiku Grant Disbursement Programme’ and claimed it was coming from the opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
According to the Atiku Campaign Organization, the scammers are asking unsuspecting members of the public to contribute a certain amount of money.
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The money will then be multiplied for them after they have downloaded a particular social media application.
But it’s just a scam, the campaign team said.
In a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA on Thursday, the campaign team dissociated itself from the scam and warned members of the public to take notice.
The campaign team said: “The attention of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization has been drawn to an on-going scheme that purports to disburse grants to unsuspecting Nigerians.
“Information available to us reveal that the scheme code-named ‘Atiku Grant Disbursement Programme’ is asking unsuspecting members of the public to contribute a certain amount of money which will be multiplied for them after they have downloaded a particular social media application.
“The APCO disclaims this scheme and any other in such manner. For the avoidance of doubt, the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization is not in any way involved with the scheme or any other in such manner and neither did it give a proxy authorization.
“The APCO also wishes to inform the general public that the official/verified social media handles of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP and former Vice President of Nigeria remains the following:
“The public is therefore put on notice to discountenance communication that did not emanate from any of these social media accounts and to refrain from participating in any online scheme that is aimed at defrauding innocent Nigerians, with the ulterior motive to embarrass the presidential campaign of Atiku Abubakar”.