Nigeria: Yahoo Boys, “Not Too Young To Scam” Trend And The Glorification Of Fraud In Nigeria By Alao Abiodun

Sadly, for the past few weeks, the rate at which different views by popular entertainment celebrities and even the so called ‘intellectuals’, social media influenza (influencers perhaps) have been trying to normalise and appraise Yahoo-Yahoo Boys activities and other illegal activities through various social platforms in Nigeria is becoming alarming and ridiculous. This is however a reflection of the fact that a considerable part of the Nigerian society celebrates ‘prosperity’, ‘ill-gotten wealth’ and glorify fraud without questioning where the ‘money’ comes from.


BY ALAO ABIODUN

Using the biblical analogy, the ‘internet’ is just like a double-edged sword — it makes much of our lives easy, making it possible for us to connect with people, family, loved ones and business partners no matter where they are on the globe, on the other hand — it gives room for ‘internet fraud’ and ‘cyber crimes’ to reach right into our offices, our homes, and and into our daily lives.

Sadly, for the past few weeks, the rate at which different views by popular entertainment celebrities and even the so called ‘intellectuals’, social media influenza (influencers perhaps) have been trying to normalise and appraise Yahoo-Yahoo Boys activities and other illegal activities through various social platforms in Nigeria is becoming alarming and ridiculous. This is however a reflection of the fact that a considerable part of the Nigerian society celebrates ‘prosperity’, ‘ill-gotten wealth’ and glorify fraud without questioning where the ‘money’ comes from.

A greater part of the Nigerian society is bedeviled with the utmost desire to get rich quick, amass enormous and massive wealth so as to feel important, because we believe wealth is the measure of power and importance. It is in realization of this fact that these “not-too-young-scam” minded set of people direct their attention to defrauding innocent people.

While we may try not to castigate or condemn them on the basis of religious corrections, these so called ‘Yahoo Boys’ are not ghosts, they live around us. These same boys grew up with all of us in this same society. They share their scam escapades and proceeds at beer parlours, club houses and social gatherings in the midst of like-minds with no meaningful contributions to this society.

It’s quite saddening that these individuals’ have made a deliberate choice to follow the dishonourable path of fraudulent practices as a means of livelihood. This is very much egregious, because it is not just a trend in Nigeria only but globally. The many cases of scam from these yahoo Boys are pointers to poor home upbringing, unemployment, peer pressure and so on.

Despite several arrests and convictions over this continuous trend, Nigerian youths have continued to ply the trade in droves both at home and abroad. Sadly, a very rich and popular yahoo boy is a role model to the gullible youths, many of them fancy his lifestyle and want to be like him. The only thin line is how to make a quick and fast money.

We’ve heard many horrific tales of how these boys end up performing various rituals such as using small tortoise, which they keep under their feet whenever they are chatting on laptops with victims while for some, their fingertips also bear incisions and a charm-filled animal horn prepared by their spiritualists — are these acts and many others not synonymous with that of those who are dreaded ritualists or kidnappers?

Sadly, there are large number of youths who are dropouts, unemployed youths and undergraduates studying in the country, especially in the southern part of Nigeria engaging in this Internet fraudulent practices. With the continuous rise in this illegal activity, it is crystal clear that there’s a frightening level of despondency among the youths – men and women — but the stark reality remains that the absence of ‘job opportunities’ is fuelling a lot of youths to engage themselves in these unholy-profitable ventures.

Simultaneously, there are many young people in government, working in different organs of the government, NGOs, IOs and many other state and non-state agencies but sadly those who’ve chosen the fraudulent ways have been propelled in the wrong direction, brainwashed and grown as a hindrance in the way of other people’s lives becoming a headache to and burden on the society.

Considering the divesting effect, uncontrollable increasing trend and magnitude in the nation’s age-long prestige, the devil does find work for idle hands and when a gun is included, that work can have deadly repercussions. Hence, government agencies must intensify its efforts in curbing the nefarious practices of these boys before they start operating in another advanced level of fraudulent practices.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government must be reminded again that Nigerians are increasingly losing hope and confidence in the nation’s security agencies because of the unethical conduct of some of its operatives. Some of the actions of the Nigerian Police Force have brought embarrassment to the nation. Cases of bribery or extortion and extra-judicial murder are on the increase.

The youths must be reminded that they must substitute their sterile thinking and stubborn objection to entertaining the ideas of creativity and not be forced to sit on the margins of society, waiting on the train track for a train that may never come. In this globalized and knowledge-based world, every young person should harness every opportunity to contribute to the society while fulfilling their potentials and not partaking in criminal activities.

Source Saharareporters

Nigeria: ‘Go after Amnesty office not just Yahoo boys’ – HURIWA tells EFCC,

By Fikayo Olowolagba

A pro-transparency and non-governmental organization, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA (HURIWA) has called for the arrest of the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Amnesty Affairs for Niger Delta region, Mr. Charles Dokubo.

The group in a statement sent to DAILY POST issued by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko called for the arrest of Dokubo ‘for justifying the wasteful, meaningless and substantially ill-intentioned claim that the office will spend a whopping N88 million to set up 22 barbing saloons for repentant ex-armed militants in the crude oil-rich but massively neglected Niger Delta region.’

HURIWA further called on EFCC to instigate an investigation into financial transactions undertaken by Amnesty office, adding that the office under the presidency had become the ‘cesspool of corruption’.

Onwubiko urged the EFCC to go after Dokubo and officials of Amnesty office, not just yahoo boys and train ticket racketeers.

He noted that the continuation of alleged corrupt practices in Amnesty office under the Presidency without investigation by EFCC would cause President Muhammadu Buhari to lose his claim of anti-graft war.

The statement read: “HURIWA carpeted the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Amnesty Affairs for Niger Delta region Mr. Charles Dokubo for justifying the wasteful, meaningless and substantially ill-intentioned claim that the office will spend a whopping N88 million to set up 22 barbing saloons for repentant ex-armed militants in the crude oil rich but massively neglected Niger Delta region. The group said the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari(GCFR) (as he then was)must stop the heist from ever happening or he loses his claim of any kind of anti-graft crusade.

“HURIWA through the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to beam it’s searchlight on the financial transactions of the Amnesty office under the Presidency because it has become manifestly clear that the office has become the cesspool of corruption to an extent that facilities set up for the benefits of youths of Niger Delta in Bayelsa state was vandalised recently and property worth over a billion Naira were carted away without the thieves thought to have been hired from within ever arrested or prosecuted and now the head of that accountability challenged and corrupt-minded agency has come out to shamelessly justify the illogical and irrational bogus expenditure on setting up of barbing saloons at very earth shaking and exorbitant rates that tongues have started wagging from all over the World regarding the propriety or ethical justification for investing that huge amount to achieve so little and set up shops that could have taken a little less than N25 million even as that line of trade/vocation does not guarantee consistent potentials for expansion and engagement of more hands since barbing saloon business is a service industry that requires minimal labour.

“Saloon business is not the immediate needs of the grossly marginalised and wantonly neglected Niger Delta region. Niger Delta youth shoyld be empowered to become marine engineers and petroleum technologists or empowered by granting them oil well licences so they can become real owners of the ecploration of the huge resources that God Almighty has endowed their communities with.

“How can outsiders be granted oil well licences whereas the real owners of the crude oil resources are only at best given peanuts in real time to become barbers to be prividing barbing services to their oppressors who are backed up by the powers that be in Abuja? This is a clear insult to the sensitivity and intellects of the peoole of Niger Delta far apart from the crime that this venture constitutes”

HURIWA stated that on no condition should the management of the Amnesty office be allowed to embark on such wasteful venture except if there is someone embedded directly in the office of the President who wants to corner substantial amount of the stated but obviously over inflated and over bloated budget for setting up 22 barbing saloons/shops even as the Rights group challenged the head of Amnesty office to allow credible Non Governmentsl bodies to recruit barbers to assist in setting up and training those 22 barbers for just N5 million after which the Amnesty office can be guided on how to set up modestly well-equipped and well-staffed beauty parlours and saloons for the 22 selected candidates from Niger Delta ay less than N20 million. Many of our members own and run successful saloon and barbibg businesses which we set up with modest amounts abd these ventures are thriving

“Dokubo who claims to be a professor must be presuming that his ’22 super barbers’ would be engaged to handle the multi-million Naira annual barbing contracts included in the budget of the state house in Abuja to handle the hairstyling needs of Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari. We know that in the last four years, the President has always been known to have allocated nearly N100 million Naira each year for the purposes of barbing his hairs. Is it that these 22 potential barbers and stylists to be ’empowered’ by Amnesty office at the huge costs to the tax payers amounting to N88 million would be deployed to provide services of barbing the hairs of Mr President or what?

” The attempt to tie a wool of confusion on the eyes of docile Nigerians by the Amnesty office to justify the planned heist of N88 million in the name of empowering 22 barbers and beauty experts is both preposterous and odious. We call on the EFCC to wake up and go after those guys in Amnesty office even as the EFCC seems to have devoted substantial resources and time to go after yahoo yahoo boys and train tickets racketeers.

” This shameful crime that will happen in Amnesty office must be stopped. Nigerians must speak out to stop these officials from frivolous use of our hard earned resources. Moreover, Amnesty office should be focused on capacity building of the Niger Delta youth in very productive and rare scientific areas that have potentials to yield massive profits for both the practitioners and their neglected society that produces the crude oil that contributes almost 90% or more of our total annual revenue as a Country.

“Barbing business is not economically viable in terms of creating massive job opportunities for other disadvantaged Niger Delta youth who never carried arms against the nation-state and therefore were not included as beneficiaries of this corruptly mismanaged Amnesty office. This is a crude form of stealing public fund under nebulous covers and must never be allowed to happen. A good man should stop it by all means. If Muhammadu Buhari is a good man then he must stop this emerging roguery right under his Presidential nose

“HURIWA recalled that the Amnesty Office had insisted that the award of the N88million contract for the empowerment of Niger Delta youth in barbing and beauty salon business under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) did not breach any legal conditions.

HURIWA quoted Amnesty office, as spuriously and dubiously claiming that the contract, which was awarded to Messrs Tovo Vicks Nigeria Enterprises Limited, was part of efforts to provide skills for human capital development in line with its mandate.

HURIWA recalled that a statement issued on Tuesday by Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant (Media) to Professor Charles Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, noted that the N88million contract sum for 22 beneficiaries was valued at N4million per beneficiary.

“HURIWA noted that in the clearly unjustifiable claims the Amnesty office purportedly broke down the cost as follows: Provision of refresher/entrepreneurial training course to prepare beneficiaries for effective management of their businesses; land acquisition or shop rent for use by the beneficiaries; business name registration, tax papers, account opening and branding; provision of mentorship/monitoring and evaluation for three months after successful setup process for beneficiaries; comprehensive documentation of empowered beneficiaries, among others.

“We wish to state that the contract was awarded in line with due process and the company, Tovo Vicks Nigeria Ent. Limited is duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with RC 1150012. “Therefore, Prof. Dokubo did no wrong by awarding the contract in furtherance of the mandate of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. However, it should be noted that the implementation of the contract is yet to commence.

“HURIWA further recalled that Amnesty office was clever by half by attempting to deceive Nigerians when the office without any verifiable scientific and evidence based convincing reasons for such obscenely prohibitive empowerment of just 22 barbers at N88 million abused the intelligence of Nigerians by stating that: “This clarification has become necessary in view of the post of a bromide of the contract award letter in the social media by mischief makers, thereby causing opprobrious remarks from undiscerning members of the public. Prof. Charles Dokubo will not be distracted by the antics of enemies of progress whose aggression to grab contracts at the Amnesty Programme and pocket funds meant for the training and empowerment of beneficiaries of the programme has been effectively checkmated. It is no longer business as usual.”

“HURIWA however thinks that without any shadow of doubts empirically, the explanation holds no water and must never be allowed to happen. “This is a monumental crime that is about to happen before our very eyes. We must stop it or shout to high heavens until those who will be allowed by the Presidency to divert our N88 million are prosecuted and punished. “

Source Daily Post

Nigeria: What is your take on rate of ritual killings, Yahoo Plus among youths?

By Ebun Sessou, Yinka Latona, & Tade Oluwapelumi

To solve the problem, I feel the government has to create jobs. The high rate of joblessness in the country is responsible for the ritual killings. If there were jobs I don’t think people will go into ritual killings, instead, they will focus on their jobs and work to better their lives. Mr. John Uchechukwu, Civil servant.

The fear of God is key to putting an end to the ritual killings in the country. If citizens of the country can follow the will of God, I think there won’t be any form of ritual killing by our youths. I think ritual killings can also be stopped if the security of the country is beefed up.Mr. Maselos Uwabioma, Businessman

Yahoo Plus has claimed thousands of lives recently and most victims are girls under the age of 30. Even with the level which this menace has gotten to, I still see a way out and a permanent solution. Parents should start discouraging their children, especially the female against luxurious lifestyle.

The male children should also be taught the virtue of hard work. Mr.Pual Shola, Businessman This matter should be treated with the urgency it deserves before Nigeria becomes the headquarters of ritual killings. It is very funny because it seems young girls are becoming endangered species in Nigeria. As funny as it sounds, that is the reality.

Sadly, apart from the arrest of some perpetrators, most people, who indulge in the crime, are not always brought to book. Mr. Samuel Uche, This crisis is becoming a national embarrassment. At this point, everyone should be involved. Since parents can’t do it alone, the National Orientation Agency, NOA, should commence sensitisation campaigns against ritual killings. Only a man like Atiku Abubakar can be able to offer the leadership that can return the values of this society. Mr.Okonkwo Ken, Worker.

Religious leaders should speak against these activities. Unfortunately, most of the Yahoo boys are being celebrated in some popular churches. Also, security agencies to some extent, have not been sincere in handling the matter. Most of the Yahoo Plus boys, use security agents as their personal bodyguards. If our security agents should be sincere , they will be able to fight this crime headlong.Mr. Nwabuisi Gospel, NGO owner.

Source – Vanguard

Nigeria: We Now Anoint Our Panties Because of Yahoo Boys – Warri Girls

By Olusanjo A

With the current rate at which Yahoo Boys are now hunting for ladies’ pants, Warri girls, according to a report by Sunday Vanguard, are now taking the caution to anoint pants before putting it on.

It was gathered that undies, particularly of girls between the ages of 16 to 32, are hot cakes for use by ritualists. One pant, according to some residents, sells for as high as N250,000.

The price can be higher when the ‘boys’ confirm “ through science that the girl has not done any abortion”, Esther, another resident in the area, said. The pants are allegedly used for money ritual.

“After they finish with the pants, their owners will lose their wombs which is the real ritual”, Esther added.
Alero, who lives with her parents, said she has three adult sisters. The anointing oil and holy water, according to her, had the capacity to neutralize any evil plan of Yahoo Boys on their pants.

For Tamera, a charming lady in her late 20’s on Jakpa Road, she and her mother no longer hang their underwears on the rope outside the flat in the compound where they live.

“Because of Yahoo Boys, we no longer hang our underwears on ropes outside the flat in our compound. We live with five other tenants in our compound. There are boys in the compound too” She said
With the current rate at which Yahoo Boys are now hunting for ladies’ pants, Warri girls, according to a report by Sunday Vanguard, are now taking the caution to anoint pants before putting it on.

Since we heard the news, we have been hanging our pants in the bathroom; whether they get dry or not is no longer the issue.

We sometimes use hot iron on them to get properly dry”. When asked if they also handled their braziers in like manner, her response was spontaneous, “Yes o. No difference between pants and braziers. We hide them very well now. Ladies pants na mega bucks for Warri”.

There is also an unconfirmed incident at a shopping centre in Warri where a Yahoo Boy allegedly offered a girl fifty thousand naira to just caress her. It was a good deal , the girl thought , after all he was not going to have sex.

So they reportedly hopped into the guy’s car. After the guy finished, transfer of cash allegedly done to her account, she went to the convenience to freshen up.

“It was at the toilet she bled to death. Her friend who was with her that night was the one that raised the alarm, narrated all that happened to everyone”, a lady who did not want her name in print said.

Despite the seeming extra care on the part of many girls not to fall victim of Yahoo ritualists, some of the Yahoo Boys, Street Boys, Everywhere Stew Guys, as they are called in Warri, oftentimes boast, according to residents, “Baba God will always provide data for subscription”.

Data here means whatever they need for ritual while subscription means renewal of ritual to sustain cash flow, Vanguard reports.

Source – TheInfoNG