CBN alerts public on fake twitter handle of its director



The (CBN) has described as fraudulent the operations of a fake twitter handle, @YusufPhilipYila, purported to belong to its Director, Development Finance , Mr Philip Yila Yusuf.

The apex Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, raised this alert in a on Sunday in Abuja.

Okorafor said fake messages relating to the N50 billion Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) been posted on the twitter handle with the intent of wooing unsuspecting loan seekers and owners of small-scale businesses to enter into correspondence with the owner of the fake handle.

He, therefore, warned unsuspecting members of the public to anything to do with the said twitter handle.

“Although the CBN, through the NIRSAL Microfinance (NMFB), has indeed disbursed loans to successful beneficiaries under its COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility, none of the officials engages in direct interactions with prospective or successful applicants.

“We, therefore, find embarrassing that Mr Yusuf has continued to be inundated with personal calls relating to messages from the impostor handle.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our Director, Mr Yusuf, does currently own a twitter handle,’’ he stated.

The director, therefore, enjoined members of the public, particularly households, micro enterprises and owners of small and medium-scale businesses to desist from interacting with the said handle @YusufPhilipYila.

He added that the massages were fake and that anyone, who enters into correspondence with them, does so at his or her own risk.

He advised prospective applicants to approach the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank or CBN branch nearest to them or tweet at @cenbank or @NirsalMFB for clarification on the procedure for accessing the TCF or any of the CBN-related loans. (NAN)