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

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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. 

Alao Abiodun is a Journalist, He can be reached via Alaojoshua200@gmail.com, Tweets @kingbiodun_

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You’re A Shameless Politician, Okorocha Fires Back At Uzodinma

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Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo state, on Sunday, replied Senator Hope Uzodinma,the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general election, and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial zone, over his recent  media attacks against him.
Okorocha decribed Uzodinma as a “shameless” politician who is a pliable tool in the hands of some politicians within and outside the state who are bent on ruining his political career.
He said Uzodinma would do anything to please his political masters to be in their good books
A statement signed by Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, read that,  “within one week, Chief Hope Uzodinma, the governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Imo State, has had series of interviews in almost all the national newspapers. And his target in all the interviews was Governor Rochas Okorocha. He has also invaded the social media with his insults on the governor.

“Interestingly enough, the kind of courage and boldness Chief Uzodinma displayed or exercised in all his media outings against Governor Okorocha only showed that he has no shame. And he could do worst things if he has the opportunity”.

According to the statement, “Chief Uzodinma contested the governorship election in the State with the ticket of APC and he could not win in his own Oru East local government. He could not win in any of the 27 LGAs in the State, and never came second or third in all the LGAs but only came fourth and he has the audacity to be granting interviews and talking balderdash.
“He has only confirmed that he was only used as tool to destroy Imo APC. And they have promised him Ministerial appointment and that is the reason behind his current media Campaigns and to be listened to, he has to be insulting Governor Rochas Okorocha.

“Chief Uzodinma and co told the world that governor Okorocha had finished politically, that they were the ones holding the ace of APC in the State. And today, Nigerians have seen or known who holds the franchise of APC in Imo and in the Southeast”.

It continued that, “at least, the outcome of the 2019 election spoke volume. It showed that like Governor Okorocha had said, Chief Uzodinma didn’t contest the 2019 governorship election in the State to win. He only came to be a tool in the hands of those who wanted to kill APC in Imo and South-East in general for reasons best known to them.

“The 2019 poll also showed that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is loved by Imo people to a very large extent and he was the most popular governorship Candidate. He won the 2019 election with the real votes of Imo people but INEC decided to announce someone with fictitious figures winner.

“Chief Uzodinma could not produce even one House of Assembly member. But Ugwumba Nwosu produced about eleven House of Assembly members, two Federal House of Representatives members and one Senator for Okigwe zone on the platform of Action Alliance, (AA). And all those who won election on the tickets of APC are all Governor Okorocha’s men.

“The truth is that falsehood does not endure. But truth endures. Even at the moment, only Governor Okorocha has the capacity to rebuild APC in Imo and in the South-East generally with the support of the AA Chieftains led by Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.

“In case men like Hope Uzodinma do not know, Governor Okorocha will outlive them, outlive their mischievous politics and their gang up. In their effort to destroy Okorocha’s politics, they messed up the entire State with their Collaborators.
Uzodinma had on Friday in an interview he granted the Nation Newspaper fired a barb at Okorocha by calling him a saboteur.

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Mark My Words, I Will Become President Of Nigeria, Okorocha Vows

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Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, has vowed that he will become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come what may.
Okorocha made his conviction public on Sunday during his valedictory thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chapel in Owerri.
He said  that his current political travails, particularly the seizure of his Certificate of Return as the Imo West senator-elect, were only strengthening him for the  exalted  presidential seat in Aso Rock.
The outgoing governor said the wishes of his political adversaries concerning him would not come to pass, saying “those who want me to go to prison will go to prison before me.”
 
According to him, the elite hated him because he decided to approach the affairs of the state differently.

Describing himself as “the most criticised politician” in the country, Okorocha said that all the ploy to stop him from going to the Senate will fail.

Okorocha said, “I tell you, I am the most criticised person in Nigeria today. I don’t know why the entire elite hate me with cruelty.

“My Senate ambition is still a battle. More than 30 people have joined the suit to fight me. All these, I will overcome.

“They are only preparing me for the glory ahead.”

“Mark it, I will be president of Nigeria. I said this on this altar so that the kingdom of God will rise against those fighting to stop me.

“Also, those who think they will put me in prison will go to prison before me.

“They don’t want me to be at the National Assembly, but I will be there. I know I am the last man standing, but I will not give up.”

He said that 95 percent of Imo indigenes did not understand him and his style of governance.

“Only a few of them later realised that I meant well for the state. I governed the state with passion. I broke protocols and bent the laws, but I never broke laws.

“When I took over the office eight years ago, I wasn’t unmindful that a lot of people will misunderstand me and try to distract me.

“But today, I have left the state better than I met it. I am the architect of the new Imo. I am a satisfied governor.”

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APC Is Responsible For Rising Suicide, Misery In Nigeria, Says PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has described the escalated despondency, depression and misery in the country as a national tragedy caused by the All Progressives  Congress(APC) administration.
Lamenting what the party dubbed ‘rising social degeneration’,  the opposition party urged Nigerians to show empathy and brotherly love to one another at this trying time . The party also ascribed the high incidence of suicide in the country to the depression and hardship foisted on the country by the Buhari-led administration.
PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the “rising spate of suicides, slavery mission abroad, divorces, child abandonment and other social degeneration” are occasioned by the “worsening economic hardship, poverty, hunger and rising insecurity under the incompetent, corrupt, divisive and manipulative APC administration.” 
According to the statement, the PDP said Nigerians became more despondent after the electoral heist that happened in February 23, 2019 when Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, was robbed of his mandate
 “In the last few months, the news media has been awash with horrible reports of teenage suicide in our country.
 “Banditry, insurgency, marauding, bloodletting and kidnapping with unmentionable ransoms, have almost become daily occurrences. Our citizenry is now battling with the worst kind of siege mentality.

“Constitutional violations, human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial killings, assault on perceived dissenting voices and attempt at annexation of our institutions of democracy, particularly the judiciary, signposts a nation in dire strait. “Misery has set in. This is evident in the shrinking of our nation’s Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) to 2.1percent in the first quarter of 2019. “It is saddening that at the time Nigerians ought to be celebrating, they are rather forlorn, committing suicide and exiting the country in droves. 
“Most Nigerians have become downhearted in the face of an administration that wrecked our once robust economy and divided our people; in the face of worsening joblessness, piling bills, hunger and diseases; in the face of incompetence, lies, and unfulfilled promises of free homes, monthly allowance to unemployed youth and the poor, bringing the naira to the same value as the US Dollar, creating of 5 million new jobs, ending of insurgency in three months and myriad of other false promises. 
“Instead, what our nation has witnessed is an official entrenchment and elevation of incompetence, deceit, propaganda, failure and cabal mentality on the corridors of power; a situation where the only achievement is the foisting of economic recession and mortgaging of the future of our nation with the accumulation of N24.39 trillion debt, with no tangible project to show. 
“It is instructive to state that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration has obstinately refused to allow any scrutiny of its books, knowing that they are catalogues of corruption, treasury looting, violations, impunity and acts that have brought our nation to its knees.” 

 

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Trailer Crushes Female LASTMA Officer To Death In Lagos

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Arogundade Remilekun, a female officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency(LASTMA), has been crushed to death by a trailer.
It was gathered that the tragic incident occured  in Apapa area of Lagos on Sunday morning
The late Remilekun was said to be from Apapa Zone 36 station base
It was gathered that the officer was at the back of the truck when the tragedy occurred.
 The trailer crushed her to death as the driver  was trying to reverse.
Eyewitnesses said the driver of the trailer was oblivious of the deceased’s presence.
She was said to have died right on the spot.
Her remains have been evacuated from the scene of the tragedy

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Lagos Task Force Officers Assault Journalist, Detain Him For Hours

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Abdul-waheed Usamah, a journalist , was assaulted  on Saturday by officers of the Lagos Task Force for  confronting  the officers to stop harassing innocent people.
The incident occured at the Police College in Ikeja during a victory party organised for the Lagos Governor-Elect Babajide sanwo-Olu on Saturday. 
Usamah, who is the Managing Director of  an online news portal called ‘The Guild’, was not just beaten black and blue but also bundled into a Black Maria and taken to the Task Force Headquarters in Oshodi. He was detained at the headquarters for two hours
According to Usamah, “I attended the Victory party organized for the Lagos Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Kadri Hamzat, by Sanwo-Olu’s ICG, and held at the Police College in Ikeja. During the event, I noticed how police officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force have been harassing and embarrassing APC party members and other guests who were trying to access VIP session of the party, and I drew the attention of the organizer and the ICG’s security to the men.

“During the process of trying to advise and made suggestions to the ICG’s security so as to save guests from the embarrassment coming from the police officers, one the officers, violently pushed me and we got into arguments, and others, including their superior started threatening.

“While I was trying to talk them out, one officer came from the crowd, and punched me in the face, and the next thing I knew, five of the officers started dragging me and forcefully pushed into the Task Force truck. I was kept in the Black Maria for an hour, and was later driven, inside the Black Maria to the agency’s office where I was kept inside cell.”

He explained further: “When we got to the agency’s office, I was handed over to the officers on duty who after, seizing my two phones, asked me to removed my belt and shoes, and locked me inside a cell where I met about 17 people in bad condition.

“After about an hour and half, one officer came in announcing my name and directed his colleagues to open the cell iron gate for me and led me to the Task Force Chairman’s office, where I met him. He ordered for my belongings in agency’s care and released me.”

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