The attention of the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has been drawn to the unscrupulous activities of some individuals who use phony Facebook accounts in his name to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

These fraudsters operating through different phony Facebook accounts with the photograph of the Minister usually use these platforms to advertise fraudulent financial aid programmes, business proposals and other nefarious activities.

In view of the possible spread of this obnoxious act and the need to forestall unsuspecting members of the public from falling prey to these criminal- minded individuals, it has become imperative to state as follows:

i)                    Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development dissociates himself and his     office from any transaction whatsoever on Facebook, Whatsapp or any other social media platform.

ii)                  The Minister does not have anything doing with a so called Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM) or any other online financial aid community, projects or contracts and has no hands in any fraudulent sale of application forms online and otherwise.

iii)                The Minister attaches utmost level of professionalism and seriousness to his official duties and the business of government. Hence, he will not ask anyone to do official transaction through private facebook accounts.

iv)                The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has its official website (though presently under review), where relevant information on the activities of the ministry and the solid minerals sector could be sourced.

Impostors and other criminal elements involved in this nefarious act of creating fake facebook accounts to defraud citizens are warned to desist from such or risk being apprehended by law enforcement agencies.

v)                  Members of the public are urged to refrain from transacting official business with faceless  individuals on facebook or any other social media platform.


Olayinka Oyebode

Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister