The Akwa Ibom State government has raised an alarm over the activities of some individuals who demand bank details from members of the public in pretense of sharing COVID-19 palliatives.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barr. Ini Ememobong, who raised the alarm in a statement made available to Vanguard in Uyo, stated that palliatives from the state government will be appropriately distributed.

He told the citizens and residents to ignore text messages or phone calls that promise palliatives. He also warned the perpetrators of the fraud to desist from such acts.

“The attention of the State Government has been drawn to complaints by members of the public over phone calls/ text messages demanding for their bank details under the guise of sharing COVID-19 palliatives.

“By this release, Government cautions citizens and residents against entertaining such calls/messages from unscrupulous individuals whose sole aim is to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

“Government assures Akwa Ibom people that their interests will always remain paramount and that any further palliative from Government shall be appropriately channelled.

“Perpetrators of this act are hereby warned to desist forthwith as Government will not hesitate to unleash the full wrath of the law on them,” Barr Ini Ememobong said.