The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) through its National President, Arc Kabir Ibrahim, has warned farmers across the country to be wary of a faction led by Faruk Rabi’u Mudi, currently using a Heritage Bank Account to defraud farmers under the guise of registration.
A caveat issued by AFAN, reiterated that the Association neither registers farmers for a fee nor secures loans for them, stating that farmers from all wards across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja can join the umbrella body of farmers in Nigeria free of charge as enshrined in its constitution.
“AFAN registers farmers free of charge as referenced in AFAN Constitution: Membership Article 7.1-7.10.3 and it does not give loans. We dissociate ourselves from any advertisement to register farmers for N2, 000 and caution everyone to be wary of Faruk Rabi’u Mudi and his friends as they are lawless and fraudulent. Anyone who transacts any business with them does so at their own peril.” Ibrahim warned.
According to him, AFAN had earlier written the management of Heritage Bank, on the 14th of February 2021 referenced AFAN/HERITAGE/FRAUD/CAC/2021/014th February, 2021 regarding the illegality of the account opened with them in the name of a fake entity claiming to be AFAN.
“We write to inform you that your Branch has inadvertently opened an Account: All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Acct. No.5100311787 without due diligence. All Farmers Association of Nigeria Kano Chapter is a nullity as the CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) has issued a letter dated 22nd June, 2020 (copy attached) to them to change their name within six weeks or it will be cancelled, ”the statement read.
“The registration of All Farmers Association of Nigeria Kano Chapter contradicts CAMA as it is not done without the express permission of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), the parent body. We implore you to close this account forthwith because it has been opened to defraud the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and all Nigerian farmers.” Ibrahim explained.
Recall that the Faruk faction earlier advertised the paid registration platform for farmers with the promise of accessing micro-credit loans, benefitting from government programmes and interventions. Intending registrants were required to indicate their names, states, and commodity they produce, while making the payment.
However, the executive led by Arc Ibrahim insists that Faruk Rabiu Mudi is not a member of AFAN but a fraud who was dismissed from AFAN after registering All Farmers Association of Nigeria Kano Chapter which was cancelled by CAC.