The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Austen Oniwon, is currently being impersonated by some criminals and fraudsters, who have gone as far as issuing fake documents to some local and foreign investors.
Disclosing this in a statement on Tuesday, the management of NNPC called on members of the public to beware of persons who had been impersonating its GMD on the Internet, using various social media platforms.
Speaking on behalf of the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Fidel Pepple, said, “The activities of these criminally minded persons entail the issuance of fake letters on the Internet with the aim of defrauding innocent members of the public, including investors within and outside Nigeria.”
He stressed that these criminals had been taking advantage of the growing popularity and utilisation of the Internet, especially the social media platforms, to perpetrate their fraudulent activities.
Pepple also noted that the damage done by the activities of these fraudsters on the hard-earned reputation of the GMD was incalculable.
He explained that the GMD did not have any account in any of the social media networks (Twitter, Facebook and Linkedln, among others), urging the public to disregard any request allegedly coming from him.
He said the corporation had sought the intervention of the State Security Service to curb the unwholesome acts.