EFCC Arrests 38 Yahoo Boys in Imo State
The South-east Zonal Office of EFCC, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, arrested 38 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, Imo State. The arrest followed a raid on some targeted residences in Okwu Urata, Aladinma, IMSU areas and Egbu areas.
The Commission’s action followed intelligence report which pointed that the suspects were living lavish lifestyles without any known means of livelihood, alleging further that they specialize in defrauding unsuspecting victims, through the internet.
In the course of executing the search warrants, items which included laptop computers, 25 five exotic cars, which include conglomeration brands of Mercedez-Benz, Lexus,Toyota and expensive mobile phones, were recovered.
“It is true that no society has been able to totally eradicate crime, but we are ready at least to reduce it to the barest minimum and it appears that this cyber-crime is one of the challenges of our time, which the EFCC is willing to face drastically,” Imam said.
Questioning the lifestyle of the suspects, Iman said; “What is the business of a university student, a new graduate or youth corper looking for money to buy a car of N10 million? Obviously, this is rushing life and a collapse of our positive value system where people rarely want to start from a humble beginning,” Imam added.
Usman lamented that if nothing was done, the country’s leadership could be jeopardized as many youths involved in cyber-crimes are expected to take up leadership positions in the future.
The suspects who volunteered their statements under caution will be charged to court as soon investigations into the matter are concluded.
Reactions Against the Arrest
Many people have reacted to this activity and blamed the EFCC for focusing their interest in unnecessary arrest of the yahoo Boys adding that the country, Nigeria, has failed to give her youths befitting jobs upon graduation from the University.
So in order to get rid of poverty and unemployment, some of the interesting youths (especially university students) engage themselves in internet fraud in order to earn a living while in school and then upon graduation.
Though the above reaction is not morally justified but when the desirable becomes unavailable, the available becomes desirable.