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NIDCOM warns MDAs and embassies of fake diaspora groups

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) yesterday urged government ministries, embassies and high commissioners to be wary of fake groups parading themselves as diaspora groups with sinister and hidden political motives. I warned you.

Mr. Abdulrahman Balogun, Director of Media, Public Affairs and Protocols at NIDCOM, issued the warning in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan.

He specifically mentioned an organization called the Nigeria Diaspora Forum (NDF), which claims to have established an office in Abuja for the welfare of Nigerians in the diaspora.

He said: “The so-called Forum, which is an arm of the Labor Party masquerading as a diaspora organization, is not even registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

“We are aware that all registered political parties, including the ruling party, APC, PDP, SDP, NNPP and even the LP, have discrete branches and support groups outside the country that work to promote and defend the ideals of the party. I am aware of this.

“It is equally evil that an entity not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission fraudulently and brazenly announces the establishment of an office in Abuja to oversee the welfare of Nigerians in the diaspora.”

He said this was definitely an attempt by the group to deceive the unsuspecting public, ministries, ministries, embassies, high commissions, state and local governments.

“We hereby remind all government agencies at the federal and state level and the diplomatic community to constantly update NIDCOM on the status of such groups, as NIDCOM has a database of all registered discrete groups. I advise you to check.

“NIDCOM uses this opportunity to remind everyone that there is a diaspora focal point in each state who is ready to respond to issues related to the diaspora,” the statement added.


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