THE Nigerian Army says it is working with Interpol to declare one Perry Brimah, a Nigerian in Diaspora wanted over what it described as a fraudulent global fundraising effort to provide food for troops in the North East.
There are have been reports of poor funding of Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, though the government through the Army Headquarters have denied this several times.
But the Nigerian Army in a statement on Wednesday said its attention was drawn to the “fraudulent and criminal’’ venture by Brimah, tagged “Global campaign to provide food for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram.’’
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General who issued the statement, urged the general public to provide any information on the whereabouts of “this fraudster.’’
He alleged that Brimah embarked on the venture “ostensibly to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, especially the international community to fund subversive activities and personal lifestyle.’’
“The criminal is using the following contact points for the fund raising, https://www.gofundme.com/feed-nigerian-soldiers/info @ ENDS.ng Tel: +1-929-427-5305; Whatsapp: +234-903-420-3031.
“We wish to state that the Nigerian soldiers deployed to the North East or elsewhere, neither lack logistics nor food as the fraudster wants unsuspecting members of the public to believe.
“The Nigerian army never faltered in providing necessary logistics to troops to the extent of providing extras, especially during festive periods,’’ Usman said.
He said the move by Brimah was nothing but a scam as there was nowhere in the world where troops were fed through donations by members of the public.
According to him, the troops have never complained about lack of food.
The army spokesman stressed that neither Brimah nor his agents represent the Nigerian army or its soldiers.
“Whoever believes and fall victim to this criminal act does so at his or her own risk,’’ he said.