The Edo State Government has cautioned real estate developers in the state over the antics of individuals and groups who impersonate government officials to defraud developers, adding that state officials would not demand and collect cash on construction sites.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Edorodion, the government warned that impostors were going about in private unbranded vehicles to defraud unsuspecting developers of their hard-earned money.
Edorodion said, “In spite of the warning to the general public especially land developers issued by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, some unscrupulous persons still impersonate officials of the Ministry.
“The Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development does not collect cash at building construction sites, rather all payments are made via designated banks into Edo State Government Internally Generated Revenue accounts. Only officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development are empowered by law to demand approved building plans from developers at building construction site.
He added that the officials would visit building construction sites in the ministry’s branded vehicles with the official government number plates.
The commissioner urged developers and builders to be on the lookout for the impostors and report them to the nearest police station.