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* Osun urges citizens to ignore misinformation

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
The Osun State Government has raised an alarm that some criminals were asking citizens to submit their voter cards or Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs) in exchange for relief items during the stay-at-home period in the state.

Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to Osun State Government, in a statement Sunday, March 29, said those behind the move wanted to explore the ban on movement and gathering to prevent spread of Coronavirus in the state to take advantage of unwary citizens.

Prince Oyebamiji, who described the information as false, clarified that the state government had not asked its citizens to submit their security details in exchange for money.

It, therefore, asked the citizens to ignore the message.

“Attention has been drawn to the activities of criminally-minded people who are taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak to ask unsuspecting citizens to submit their voter cards or BVN details in exchange for money or other social relief items during the stay-at-home order.

“This information is false. The Osun State Government is not asking anyone for his/her personal security details in exchange for money.

“Please ignore this messaging making the rounds and spread the word.”

Meanwhile, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has warned Nigerians to exercise precautions in handling money to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Alli Ibraheem, Press Secretary to Oluwo of Iwo, in a statement, said one of the prevalent means the deadly virus could be contracted was through money.

He urged Nigerians, particularly traders to always use hand gloves when counting or exchanging Naira notes.

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