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EFCC versus Osogbo 'yahoo boys' - Apagunpote Olayimika Chocomilo

Unemployment is not the only cause of increase in yahoo business. Poverty and frustration are definitely not the only factors responsible for yahoo business.

Greediness, vagrant thought of money and desperation for massive wealth are major causes of the increase in yahoo business.

Recall! EFCC operatives had stormed Adetunji Estate and Hallelujah Estate in Osogbo to arrest suspected internet fraudsters on Monday night but youths in the area waylaid them, preventing them from allegedly taking away 20 vehicles belonging to the suspects. Read more here..

Over 75 percent of yahoo boys were not driven into fraud by poverty, frustration and unemployment.

No government in this world can permanently tackle unemployment. Unemployment exist everywhere but the lack of will of Nigeria's government to tackle it makes our situation worse. Any nation where population moves at geometrical rate, provision for infrastructure and other essentials move at arithmetrical rate can not grow.

Nigeria is a very unfortunate nation. We have lost our moral values as citizens owing to the repeated bad leadership at every range and systemic fraud in our system. These are factors apologists and sympathisers of yahoo boys hold on to but the fact remains that crime is a crime and there is no justification for crime. Someone who manipulate or decieve another to cart away another person's hardearned income should not deserve our pity.

I ask apologists and defenders of yahoo boys what responsibility does a 17-18 year boy or girl who is still in secondary schools has to have engaged in yahoo? What qualification does he or she possesses to have concluded that he or she is a victim of unemployment? An apprentice who abandons where he or she trains and engages in yahoo business is not a product of government but a failed society. Mothers who buy laptops and enrol their wards to learn yahoo business are not product of failed government but society.

While we have those who were pushed by peers and sad narratives, the buck of the yahoo population are those with vagrant thought of money, greed and those who does not really want to work for money.

I have always stated that we have a weak judiciary system in Nigeria. A template of justice that frees a criminal and punishes another is not fair and will always be challenged in the public court of opinion. The inability of the government to tackle economic crimes efficiently despite huge resources these agencies receive should indeed be a source of worry to us.

Yet crime is crime. If a particular crime is not efficiently tackled, it should not be a defence for other crimes to thrive. A nation that closes her eyes on crime no matter how little it is, will not grow.

Why should a generation of young and energetic boys wake up every day with the thought that they want to scam peoples of their wealth? Such society can not grow!

We know Nigeria has failed many people but where is the spirit of hardwork and consistency? They are fading away as a result of dominance of fraud. The rate of yahoo business in higher institutions is now so high and secondary school students who have not given life a shot if it would be different have become masters in fraud.

Like I have said earlier, we need judiciary restructuring. A level ground for both elites and poor. For every crime either big or small, there must be consequences.

Without consequences, there will be multiplication of crimes and such society loses its sanity. Both yahoo boys and politicians who looted public funds commit same crime even one is more injurious than another. The same law that identifies a yahoo boy, punishes him should be able to do same to looters. That is how a sincere template of justice is formed.

Works are no more attractive. Hardwork does not pay again. The non-attractive ones are not even available in some situations. It is indeed a sad story yet waking up with a plan to deceive and scam people of their earned income should not be promoted but heavily condemned because there is no two ways to it.

As we blame yahoo boys and seek their perscution, looters should not be spared as well because their actions promote and sometimes frustrate people to do more evil

With these submissions, if you want to do yahoo, do it. If they catch you, bear the consequence alone, do not spread it. If you want to support fraud or yahoo, do it, it is your opinion and morality check. These justifications or mere tales of defense are very weak. Let us endeavour to rebuild our failing society and should not support any crime no matter its nature.

Apagunpote Olayimika Chocomilo
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Baba Ijesha's lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, has disclosed how he was granted bail by a magistrate on Monday despite the ongoing strike by judiciary workers.

Baba Ijesha is being detained by the police for alleged sexual assualt and defiling of the 14-year-old foster daughter of comedienne, Princess.

The lawyer in a live video on Facebook said Baba Ijesha was released by Chief Magistrate Toyin of the Lagos state Judiciary.

According to him, the magistrate said Baba ijesha’s offence is bailable.

The lawyer also said Baba Ijesha’s poor state of health in detention convinced the magistrate to release him.

He narrated, “Our client that has been in detention for more than 30 days has been granted bail at the facility of his detention. The magistrate that granted him bail is Chief Magistrate Toyin of the Lagos State Judiciary.

“The Chief Magistrate in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in partnership with a private organization, Police Decongestion Scheme led by a former chairman of the NBA in Ikorodu, Bayo Akinlade, visited Panti and under the decongestion scheme, visited that facility and met Baba Ijesha.

“Something was curious there. His name was not even entered as very much reliably learnt. The Chief Magistrate being bold and experienced, demanded to see him and he was brought to see the team. He came towards them limping and as we have described before, he was emaciated and bail was granted to him summarily by the Chief Magistrate and this is very very commendable.

”The conditions of bail are that Baba Ijesha must have two sureties. One of the sureties must be a level 10 officer, a civil servant. The other one should be a blood relation of the thespian.

“The bail is put as N500, 000 in large sum. It’s not security. It is just a bond that if he should run away, the sureties will pay that. We are very sure he will not run away. The verification is to be done by the OC Legal of the SCID Panti.”

Ogunlana faulted those who said Baba Ijesha should not have been released despite the ongoing JUSUN strike.

He said, ”It is not a victory for Baba Ijesha alone. It is for everybody. Rights must be respected. Laws must be respected. The idea of mob lynching, the idea of lopsided action when it comes to rights and priviledges of fellow citizens should be decried.

“I want to appreciate Chief Magistrate Toyin for the courage, for doing the right thing. For stepping into this matter. You remember the police had pandered to public opinion of some activist who were sayig he should never be released and hung it on the neck of JUSUN strike that they would have charged the man to court and were even talking about the Attorney General of Lagos state which with due respect to him, I wonder in the history of defilement, how can somebody who is not biased, who is not malicious say a prima facie case of defilement has been disclosed upon the facts of this case? We will look into that and take that up. Baba Ijesha’s rights has been brazenly brutalised.”
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Due to the incessant killings and abductions in Benue state, Governor Samuel Ortom has urged residents to take up arms and defend themselves.

The governor made the call while speaking to journalists on Monday at Oyo State where he attended the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ meeting.

The governor urged people to stand against armed invaders in their communities, even if it meant taking up weapons.

“I have told my people to defend themselves. You can’t sit down in your house for people to come from somewhere and kill you.

“If you don’t have weapons required by the law, go to your neighbour and get one. Everybody in Benue, both men and women should defend themselves,” he said.

According to Daily Trust, Ortom also expressed his anger concerning the fresh killings that were allegedly carried out by suspected armed herdsmen in the state.

To this effect, Ortom further stressed that the people should stand against such criminality in the future.
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Crime / One Dies In Fatal Accident In Abuja
« Last post by Miss Ifeoluwa on Today at 11:13:37 AM »


One life has been lost in a fatal accident in Abuja.

The accident, involving two vehicles, occurred at Sunnyvale Junction, Lokogoma, Abuja on Monday, May 17.

It happened early morning and the wreckage was still there when people were on their way to work.

This resulted in a crowd gathering at the scene.

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There was palpable tension as motorists and residents around Onigari at the Ogun State end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway blocked the road following an accident involving a truck and some strayed cows.

The PUNCH gathered that some Fulani herders were leading the cows when they strayed onto the road and caused the accident.

An eyewitness at the scene of the incident said that the herders fled the scene after the accident.

“People are protesting to show their anger over the incident. It is causing traffic on the road as we speak,” he added.



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We Have Uncovered 476 Online Sites Set Up To Provide Fake News And Fight Buhari-led Govt ― Lai Mohammed.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that 476 online publication sites which post fake news about the Buhari-led administration have been uncovered.

He disclosed this on Monday in Abuja when he received officials of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations on a courtesy visit

Mohammed said the latest of the hatchet jobs by the traducers was the fake publication on President Muhammadu Buhari’s mental status.

“It will amaze you that recently we unveiled almost 476 online publication sites that are dedicated to daily engaging in churning out fake news to fight the government.

“The latest which I found ridiculous is the one that said days ago, that they had information that when Mr President was in the UK the last time, he was advised to step down because he could not even recognise members of his immediate family.

“I begin to wonder how they can go this far, simply because they know that people are gullible and they will make the fake news to go viral,’’
he said.

The minister noted that fake news is taking a new dimension and threatening the existence of the country.

He said the debilitating effects of the menace was not only on the government but on every Nigerian.

Mohammed noted that many marriages had been wrecked as a result of fake news, particularly through social media while people had lost their lives and many others committed suicide.

To buttress his position, the minister recalled a recent report where fake news almost led to the killing of 600 applicants by scammers.

“A young man sent out letters to 600 people to enlist into Nigerian Army and collected N10,000 from each of them.

“He asked them to report at the Okitipupa Army Barracks in Ondo state on a particular day to collect their letters of appointment.

“At the same time, he alerted the Commandant of the Barrack that Boko Haram insurgents were coming to invade the barrack on the same day,’’ he said.

Mohammed said his ministry had spearheaded the campaign against fake news years back before the menace got so bad.

He said the NIPR had a critical role to play in ensuring the fight against fake news.

“This is where your body comes in because you have a powerful platform to ensure that the menace of fake news is confronted squarely.

“Regrettably, however, members of this institute have been found wanting, they have most times place pecuniary interest and motives above patriotism and nationalism

“You will recall the sad incidence of the P&ID saga.

“It was a member of this institute, a firm of PR consultants that was hired to give impression to the world that Nigeria entered into agreement with P&ID and renege and have to pay about nine billion dollars.

“It took the combine interventions of this ministry and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation to go to the UK to change the narrative to prove that the purported contract was a huge scam,’’ he said.

The minister admonished members of the institute to place nationalism and patriotism over and above pecuniary gains in the discharge of their duties.

He also assured NIPR of the support of the ministry in its proposed plan to use its platform to engender stakeholders interaction and engagement on national security and cohesion.

Earlier, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, the National President and Chairman, Governing Council of NIPR said they were willing to work with the Federal Government to engender peace and unity.

He also seized the opportunity to invite the minister to the Annual General Meeting of the Institute holding in Bauchi in May.

(NAN)
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Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has sent a serious warning to the federal government saying it will not tolerate any attacks on the South-East by the Nigerian Army.
 
In a statement by his media aide, Olayomi Koiki, Igboho said attacks on the South-East is an attack on the Yoruba people, urging the government to put a stop to raids in the South-East region.
 
He further stated that if there are further attacks on people of the South-East, Yoruba Nation Now agitators will mobilise and support them. It was, however, not stated the kind of support that will be given.
 
The statement read, "We would like to inform the Federal Government Of Nigeria that any attack on the South-East is an attack on the Yorubas.

"Biafra people have been targeted by the Nigeria Army and if there are any further attacks on them, we would have no other option but to support our brothers and sisters in Biafraland."
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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has begged the Nigeria Labour Congress on behalf of the Kaduna state government.
 
NGF on Monday appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to exercise calm and restraint in its engagement with the Kaduna State Government.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who made the call, urged the NLC to explore the already open avenue of rapprochement provided by Kaduna State government to resolve the matter.
 
DAILYPOST had reported that activities in Kaduna State were paralysed due to the NLC strike on Monday.
 
Reacting, Fayemi, who also called for cautious introspection on the part of labour, noted that no meaningful progress had ever been achieved in an atmosphere of conflict and chaos.
 
He said NLC actions can become counter-productive, especially as the last year 2020 has adversely affected workers socially and economically.
 
He urged NLC to join the State to evolve a convivial working environment that would be befitting for all.
 
The NGF further called on NLC to be open-minded toward the altruistic intention of the staff audit to sanitise the state’s workforce and make it more productive.
 
“This should not be seen as a witch-hunt or an attempt to unnecessarily downsize the civil service.

“As we all know, all states are at present going through difficult times and the most feasible option will be for each State to device its own response to its unique challenges without undermining the rights of individuals to seek redress,” Fayemi added.
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Fear has gripped residents of Osun state after some suspected internet fraudsters aka ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’ blocked roads in Osogbo to protest against alleged arrest by Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
 
The Nation gathered EFCC operatives had stormed Adetunji Estate and Hallelujah Estate in Osogbo to arrest suspected internet fraudsters on Monday night but youths in the area waylaid them, preventing them from allegedly taking away 20 vehicles belonging to the suspects.
 
The youths and other suspected fraudsters stopped the operatives from getting out of the estates.
 
It was learnt the EFCC operatives abandoned the vehicles and ran from the scene.
 
Yahoo boys

On Tuesday morning, the suspected internet fraudsters stormed Lameco Junction and Dele Yes Sir Junction to make bonfires and mount roadblocks.
 
The blockage caused heavy gridlock in all the roads adjoining the junctions.

See tweet below


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World News / Amnesty condemns US approval of arms sales to Israel
« Last post by Miss Ifeoluwa on Today at 04:43:32 AM »


Human rights group Amnesty has condemned US plans to sell weapons worth $735m to Israel in the midst of the latest conflict with Palestinian armed groups saying the approval undermines the US commitment to upholding human rights around the world.

“By supplying weapons that could be used to commit war crimes, the US government is taking the risk of fueling further attacks against civilians and seeing more people killed or injured by US weapons,” Philippe Nassif, Amnesty International USA’s advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement urging Biden to reconsider the decision.

US ‘delay’ in ceasefire support ‘has caused slaughter of children’: Ilhan Omar

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said US President Joe Biden’s delay in expressing support for a ceasefire “has caused the slaughter of children and destruction of lives”.

The tweet came after Biden told Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that he backed a ceasefire.

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