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Published On: Fri, Jun 10th, 2016

Fraudsters Hack NDDC MD Email,Circulate Fraudulent Letters to Contractors, Others

NDDC Managing Director Mrs. Ibim Semenitari

NDDC Managing Director Mrs. Ibim Semenitari

LAGOS JUNE 10TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Internet fraudsters have hacked the email account of Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Mrs. Ibim Semenitari writing fraudulent letters of financial demands to contractors and those with cose relationship with the Managing Director.
Bekee Anyalewechi SA on (Media) to the Ag. MD/CEO of NDDC disclosed to Urhobotoday that fictitious electronic mail are currently in circulation purporting to have its origin from Semenitari.

The SA affirmed in a statement that the said correspondence claimed that Semenitari is seeking various financial gratification to the tune of N700, 000 from various contractors and vendors doing business with NDDC.
According to the SA “the fake mail reads further, “Good day, ve a personal outstanding bill totaling the sum of 700,000. I will need you to credit Mr Onos account details with the required amount. Find below his account information. Jonafuvwe Onos, 0040271951, Diamond Bank. Please note this is not official and should be treated as such..
“However, a little scrutiny revealed that the letter lacks the characteristics of coherence, quality diction and grammatical fluidity which are trademarks of correspondences originating from Semenitari.”
Denying the source of the mail and contents, the SA argued that Semenitari, whose knack for prudence, frugality and respect for rules is open to staffers of NDDC, the Commission’s contractors and vendors, does not know any Jonafuvwe Onos, nor has she a link to the said Diamond Bank A/C, adding that If the particulars referenced in the email are verifiable, the MD shares no relationship whatsoever with them.
“Obviously this is the handiwork of fraudsters, who would stop at nothing to rubbish and denigrate the reforms Semenitari has brought into NDDC. The email clearly bears the signature of commonplace, online criminals tagged as yahoo yahoo boys and official pick-pockets who lurk around the fringes of nobility and character which Semenitari represents. But rather than aspire to attain such pedestal through hard work, the fraudsters mire deeper into ignominy and opprobrium.
“Semenitari, a discreet public servant verse in public financial rules and regulations, had at no time, either in person, or through an intermediary, front, proxy, Special or Personal Assistant, commissioned anybody to solicit for or accommodate any gratification on her behalf. It is on record that one of the first official actions she initiated upon assumption of duty in December 2015 was a campaign against corruption that included kick-back and bribery. Till date, her zeal in extending the tempo and sustaining the success so far achieved in that regard remains fresh,” the statement noted.
The statement counseled contractors, vendors and the general public doing business with NDDC not to subscribe to the scam mail and its content, just as he advised them to watch out for fraudsters who would stop at nothing to sabotage genuine efforts at reforming NDDC and repositioning it to fulfil its core mandate of driving development in the Niger Delta region.

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