The 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin, on Saturday, refuted a purported plan to stage a 10km three-day charity walk in Benin.
Capt. Yemi Sokoya, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, made the clarification in a statement while reacting to an online publication that the army planned the walk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA).
He described the report as false, saying the publication was fabricated by fraudulent individuals.
“The attention of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army has been drawn to a flyer on social media entitled: “A three-day charity exercise/10km trek 2023’’ to celebrate 25 years of Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA).
“The event, according to the fraudsters behind the publication, is scheduled to hold between Nov. 3 and Nov. 5, beginning from the Officers Mess, 4 Brigade, Ekehaun Army Barracks, Benin.
“The brigade states that this flyer is from fraudulent individuals and the general public should please kindly disregard their solicitation for funds.
“The brigade has put efforts in place to arrest the criminals hiding under a reputable organisation like NAOWA to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians,’’ Sokoya stated.
He advised members of the public to report any suspicious activities either online or within their vicinity to security agencies for immediate action.