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Some 419ners have been discovered in Adamawa State for selling fake N-power forms to prospective applicants in the state.
The fraud started after the government announced the commencement of payment of December stipend to beneficiaries of the programme, Northern City News in Yola said.
It was learnt that the fraudsters were selling fake N-power forms and demanding money from their victims, promising to make them beneficiaries of the scheme.
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The Special Assistant to the Adamawa State Governor on FG Social Investment Programme, Usman Bodes, confirmed the development, but added that it was not peculiar to the state.
According to him, the sale of fake SIP forms by fraudsters cut across several states based on report reaching him, adding that the form could only be filled online.
He said, “The Federal Government decided that this time around, it is not going to be business as usual and this is why people have to apply online.
“But to our surprise, not only in Adamawa State, in fact in our forum when I was going through our correspondences, I also found out that so many states are having the same experience of some forms being printed and circulated in mosques and churches.
“Those behind the fraud, we learnt, are also soliciting for money to assist these unsuspecting victims and promising to make beneficiaries.”
Bodes called on the public to beware of the fraudsters, pointing out that the portal for registration for the N-power programme has temporarily closed.
He said it would soon be re-opened to allow for additional applications.
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