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Ex-VP Sambo disowns ‘fake’ social media accounts, says mischief-makers at work

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Former Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has disowned some “mischievous and unsolicited” posts made on Facebook and other social media accounts purportedly in his name by unknown persons.

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In a statement personally signed by former Nigeria’s Vice-President, Sambo said the said messages were clearly the handiwork of mischief-makers.

“My attention has been drawn to unsolicited acts by some unscrupulous political jobbers that have sponsored and spread messages on Facebook and other social media platforms, purported conveying messages from my person.

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“I wish to make it public that the said messages are clearly the handiwork of mischief-makers, who are bent on creating confusion and disaffection to overheat the polity with the aim of achieving their selfish political motives and to bring my personality to disrepute.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, I do not own or operate any social media account on any Facebook or any platform,” the statement quoted Mr Sambo as saying.

 “For the record, the general public should note that I have never made any post, sponsored or ask anyone to do so on my behalf, directly or indirectly.

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“I have never delegated anyone to design and or circulate any post on Facebook or any social media platforms.

“I have taken steps to report the account to the management of Facebook as well as to alert relevant security agencies to monitor and track those behind this dreadful activity for prosecution,” Mr Sambo pointed out.

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He, therefore, urged Nigerians to be patriotic and be cautious of fake news and hate speech pervading the social media in this age.

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