Massive Crackdown of “Yahoo Boys” in Delta State, ordered by Gov. Okowa
By Eunice Madu
ASABA — “Yahoo Boys” or “G-Boys” is no new thing in Delta State, or even in the entirety of Nigeria. An enthroned “yahoo boy” is someone (boy or girl) who suddenly comes upon a fiendishly large sum of money by duping someone or persons (their “maga”) on the internet through various means. This activity, which has increasingly gained more participants and subscribers, is the chief reason behind every unabashed shame-inducing search received by Nigerians in international airports, and the reason why any foreigner who wants to refer to the dubious nature of these Nigerians, call them “Nigerian Princes”. It is an utter misuse of the beautiful nature of our multi-mornachical ruling systems across the tribes in the nation. It is a pain.
But, the real pain is in the recent developments on these “yahoo boys”, who, unlike what they are perceived as, and unlike their forebears (the 419ers), they do not require the internet again…they utilise fetish and diabolic means to rob people of their wealth, and a hundred times out of a hundred, these rituals require a form or another of human sacrifices.
The case of the Elozino Ogege, The 300 level female student of mass communication at DELSU (Abraka) cannot be forgotten, where she was brutally butchered by these ritualists, and the pieces of her body was found days later.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, sent a condolence message to this family, and in the distraught of the stories related to him, and the grief of the family, gave the express instruction to the police force of Delta State to be on full alert and crack down these ritualists and everybody who suddenly comes upon a windfall of money.
In a statement by Charles Aniagwu, his Chief Press Secretary, in Asaba on Monday, Okowa expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family, the Isoko nation and the Delta State University, Abraka community.
The governor noted with serious concern the increasing and disturbing activities of suspected ritual killers and criminally-minded individuals, whose obtrusive and flamboyant escapades are becoming more conspicuous.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, it is with a heavy heart that I write to express our profound commiserations to the family of Elozino Ogege, the Isoko nation, her friends, both within and outside the university community.
“I am glad that the security agencies have made serious progress in the investigation into the murder and l can assure Deltans and Nigerians that justice will be served on the perpetrators of this dastard act.”
The governor appreciated the solidarity exhibited by Deltans and Nigerians in condemning the bizarre act and urged security agencies in the state and country to commence a massive crackdown on these criminal elements veneering as “Yahoo Boys”.
“As a government whose primary responsibility is the protection of lives and property, as well as the welfare of her citizens, I urge Deltans and Nigerians to partner with the government and report to security agencies the activities of these gangs with a view to assisting the society to get rid of such dangerous groups.
Never again as a people shall we condone the activities of these known criminals as we all seem to agree that “enough is enough”.
“May the soul of Elozino Ogege and all those who lost their lives in similar circumstances find eternal rest in the bosom of God Almighty,” the governor wrote.
The operation is now in full effect, and everyone hopes the frequency of these occurrences of ritualists reduce, especially going into the month of December where a lot happens.