BY ABDULKADIR M. LAWAN, NOVEMBER 11, 2021 | 03:01 PM
Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, the chief medical director, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, has warned the public against activities of some fraudsters who are using his name for fraudulent activities on social media.
The fraudsters, who opened a fake Facebook account in his name, Ahmed Ahidjo, and carrying his photograph as the profile picture, are using it to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
A disclaimer issued on Monday on his behalf by Ismail Hashim, his assistant, explained that the fraudsters are using the fake account to solicit money from ‘members of the public in the name of recruitment and offer contracts, among other weeks.’
‘The public is hereby informed that the account is fake and has nothing to do with the CMD. Relevant security agencies have already been informed of the situation and necessary actions will be taken accordingly.
‘The CMD would have dismissed the matter as a common social media junk that it is but for its tendency to tarnish his unblemished reputation and the potential to mislead unsuspecting members of the public who may fall into the fraud as his highly regarded and respected name is used.
‘For the record, the CMD will never descend to such pettiness as soliciting for money in order to offer jobs. More so, the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital has relevant offices handling recruitments, guided by laid down procedures,’ the disclaimer read.
Checks by YERWA EXPRESS NEWS showed that the said account, opened in 2020, has already gulped 236 friends as at the time of filing this report.
The account also carries the professor’s academic information and his random photographs, believed to be lifted on the internet.
Further searches by this newspaper also revealed that the genuine account of the chief medical director, now not as active, was created at least 11 years ago.
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11 September 2023