Hackers Have Attacked My WhatsApp Number, Duped Some Of My Contacts, Senator Afikuyomi Alleges 

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A former senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Tomunbo Afikuyomi is claiming that his WhatsApp number has been hacked and that the perpetrators have used the stealthy development to dupe some of his unsuspecting contacts.

In a lengthy write-up obtained by Eighteen-Eleven Media, the flamboyant Lagos politician said the incident occurred on 13th January 2024. 

He also said monies running into several millions of naira were transferred into various bank accounts. He gave details of the accounts that the proceeds of the alleged crime were transferred to.  

The statement is reproduced hereafter.  

I HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF CRIME – 

SENATOR TOKUNBO AFIKUYOMI (STA)

Hackers Attacked My WhatsApp Number and Duped Some of My Contacts

Yesterday morning (January 13), some scammers hacked my phone line and temporarily seized control of my WhatsApp messages. They then sent fraudulent messages to some of my contacts requesting that they transfer some money on my behalf.

Many of my friends so contacted quickly called me up on the regular phone while some others spoke with my aides to alert me. However, unfortunately, a few others did not suspect that anything was wrong. They innocently complied with the fake request and made transfers of millions of naira to the various account numbers in different banks supplied by the scammers.

The phone number of the fraudsters which is being used to perpetrate this crime on WhatsApp is – 0903-832-6507 assigned to one AJAYE JAJI, purporting to be Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi. 

In all, money amounting to several millions of naira was transferred into various bank accounts including the following:

•OBINNA EMMANUEL

FIRST BANK

3209319999

•BOLUM EMEKA GABRIEL

GT BANK

0892269924

•TAIWO ASANAT MOSHOOD

STERLING BANK

0505551217

•DAVID ADESINA ODEYEMI

GT BANK

0887334716

•BOLUM EMEKA GABRIEL

ZENITH BANK

1005557964

•NDAGI GARBA

UBA

2164307270

I immediately complained to the relevant security and regulatory agencies and I thank the Anti-Fraud unit of the police for springing into action immediately. Their efforts led to identifying some of the account numbers and the details of the respective owners through which the scammers collected various sums of money. The security agents are also already deploying technology to geo-locate the perpetrators. Investigations by relevant agencies are still ongoing.

Meanwhile, I have suspended the use of my WhatsApp number till the authorities can conclude their investigations and I can now put more security measures in place to protect the line. I can only be reached through regular phone calls on the same number. I CALL ON ALL MY FRIENDS, ASSOCIATES, AND CONTACTS TO IGNORE ANY REQUEST FOR THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS FOR WHATEVER REASONS PURPORTEDLY MADE ON MY BEHALF THROUGH WHATSAPP, TELEPHONE CALLS, OR EMAIL.

I must at this stage express my dismay with the lack of due diligence in the bank account opening and maintenance system in our country. This is what has come out so far in the investigation of this phone hacking scam. The scammers opened so many bank accounts without supplying the banks with the necessary security checks and details required by the law. In the same manner, it is now obvious that some of the Over the Top Media Services (OTT) providers do not fully comply with the provision of Nigeria’s Data Privacy and Protection Laws. 

I hereby express my determination to do everything within the law to smash this evil syndicate that has brought pain and tears to many people within Nigeria and those in the diaspora.

Let me use this opportunity to thank everyone whose prompt response is helping to reduce the impact of this weekend’s scam. The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, Minister of Interior, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Inspector General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, Director General of the National Financial Intelligence Agency (NFIA), Mallam Modibo Hamman Tukur, and the Deputy Governor (Corporate Services), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Bala Bello, deserve special mention for their efforts in unveiling the perpetrators of this crime.

This crime is an indication of the perilous times that we live in when the technology that was invented to make life easy for all of us has also become a source of endangering our lives and properties.

We therefore need to be more careful, cautious, and discerning in responding to some of the messages being sent to us purportedly by our acquaintances. It is usually good to double-check the supposed source of the message, particularly if it involves a request for a transfer of money. This is the reality of the new age of technology in which we live. It has come with its impersonal, impassioned, distrustful and distasteful challenges.

May God heal our land, and the world, and continue to protect us all. 

Signed:

Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi

Abuja. 

Mr Akikuyomi was elected senator for the Lagos Central constituency at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) platform. He took office in June 1999. He changed constituency in April 2002 and ran on the AD platform for the Lagos West constituency instead, after Senator Wahab Dosunmu defected to the PDP.  

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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