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Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by 2mercy: 12:30pm On May 03
Hardly does a week pass without the EFCC parading young men for cyber fraud or some being jailed by the courts for the crime.


By Temidayo Akinboyo


The ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ business, formally known as cyber fraud in Nigeria’s cybercrime law, is not a new phenomenon in the country.

The illicit business, mostly perpetrated by young men and sometimes women, is an offshoot of the so-called ‘419’ business of the 1980s and 1990s.

The 419 code is derived from a section of the country’s Criminal Act Section 419 (Advance Free Fraud) which frowns at obtaining money from people through pretence or impersonation, cheating, falsification, counterfeiting, forgery and fraudulent representation of facts.

Internet fraud has now been here for decades and does not seem to be declining in spite of the government’s efforts to stem the tide of the crime that has given the country a bad reputation.

On the global scale, PREMIUM TIMES reported how Obinwanne Okeke, a.k.a Invictus Obi, a trans-Atlantic cybercriminal, was jailed in the United States of America for 10 years for cyber-related crimes.

Before his arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and subsequent prosecution and conviction, Mr Okeke was a rising star within the country’s private sector to the extent that he once graced the front page of the elite magazine, Forbes, as a young millionaire.

Until the bubble burst, only a few people knew Mr Obi, who had practically become a business coach to young folks, was into cyber fraud.

There are similar cases like that of Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a Hushpuppi, and Ismail Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha, both Instagram celebrities, who are being tried in various courts for cyber fraud which has to do with business email compromise and money laundering.

How they operate

Cyber fraud, locally known as Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria, takes various shapes and forms which have undergone evolution in recent years.

Boys involved in the illicit business have various ways of duping their victims – mostly foreigners. These range from romance scam, email phishing, business email compromise fraud, identity theft, impersonation, to generating bogus business transactions that look too good to be true and shady business deals running into millions of Naira, usually in hard currencies.

Some of the men involved in the illegal business often resort to seeking metaphysical powers from herbalists that they believe will enable them to hypnotise or control their victims for the time they are on their radar. This latter category of boys are called ‘Yahoo Plus’ boys or ‘G-boys.’

Their tools include laptops connected to the internet that runs almost on a 24-hour basis. They also have premium software exclusively for hacking purposes. Most of them live in secluded places, away from the prying eyes of the public.

When they are not at home, they use their mobile phones which are connected to mobile internet providers like Mifi to run their illicit schemes.

Resurgence of Yahoo Yahoo.

For some time now, hardly does a week pass without the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) parading young men for cyber fraud or some being jailed by courts for internet fraud-related offences.

In fact, it is almost a daily occurrence to the extent that some persons no longer pay any attention to it. It is now a sub-culture, an indication that it is the new normal, despite the country’s criminal justice system being stoutly against it.

As law enforcement agencies scale up their intelligence gathering to track those involved in the crime, the criminals have also learnt to up their games to avoid being caught.

There are also allegations that some of the Yahoo boys have informants within the country’s security agencies who tip them off to escape arrest.

Even though it is one crime the government seriously frowns at and has sent many young men to prison for, after prosecution by the country’s anti-graft agencies like the EFCC and ICPC, the number of young men recruited into the illicit activities seems to be on an upward swing in the South-west region of the country.

While a part of the South-west society seems to be against what they do, there is a new generation of cheerleaders who believe Yahoo boys are not doing anything harmful. This latter category, to justify their support for cyber fraud criminals, say Nigerian politicians do worse.

Yahoo Boys in the South-west

From Akure in Ondo State to Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State; from Ibadan and Ogbomoso in Oyo State to Agbule Egba, Lekki, 1004 Estate in Lagos State to Osogbo and Ilesha in Osun State and Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode e.t.c in Ogun State, it has been the same tale: Yahoo boys in their teens and twenties are very many in the aforementioned cities, occupying the best housing estates in secluded parts of the cities.

According to findings by this newspaper, the men involved in internet fraud also drive expensive automobiles, shop in classy boutiques and date some of the prettiest ladies in the cities mentioned because they have the cash to throw around.

Tunde Ajayi, a commentator in Akure, the Ondo State capital, told PREMIUM TIMES that getting apartments in some parts of the city is now a herculean task because of the rising cost of accommodation instigated by the purchasing power of Yahoo boys.

“These boys can pay any amount to secure an apartment for themselves in highbrow areas,” he said.

As for the ubiquitous presence of ‘yahoo boys’ in the city, Mr Ajayi, who asked that his real name not be used, said that is the reigning ‘business’ in the town.

“The surprising thing is that the more security agencies are on their trail, the more their number increases. It appears it has become a subculture here, an accepted part of the society,” he told this newspaper.

According to him, the boys are often quartered in areas like Oba Ile, Idanre Road, Ijapo and Alagbaka axes of the city.

He said the boys often patronise exclusive bars in the city for fun.

”They converge on Bola Komo every night to carry Olosho,” he said. Olosho is slang for sex workers.


The story is not different in Ibadan and Ogbomoso, two of the most populous cities in Oyo State. Some of the men are now moving to Oyo town since security operatives are started beaming their searchlight on Ogbomoso and Ibadan.

In Ibadan, the boys are found in areas like Bodija, Ring Road, Ologun Eru, Akobo, Polytechnic Ibadan axis, among others.

Like in Ondo, the Yahoo boys also patronise the most expensive clubs in Ibadan.

They shop in some of the newest shopping malls in the city, often intimidating less endowed shoppers by their crass display of opulence.

Ogbomoso, arguably, parades the highest number of Yahoo boys in the entire South-west. A lot of them are undergraduates of the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH).

In fact, internet scam is so rampant in the city that male undergraduates of other schools often go to meet their friends in LAUTECH to train them on how to be experts in the illicit business, an insider said.

Meanwhile, in Ekiti State, many of the Yahoo boys are domiciled in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. An observer in the city said they patronise some of the most expensive hotels in the city.

In Ogun State, Yahoo boys aggregate in Abeokuta, the state capital. Some of them are found in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and Ago Iwoye.

In Abeokuta, they live in Obantoko, Obada and Panseke areas. They live in expensive hotels and patronise some of the best clubs in the Ogun capital.

In Osun State, Osogbo, the state capital, is their headquarters. They are said to live in areas like Dada Estate and Oke Baale.

Without a doubt, Lagos is the hub of all Yahoo activities in the country. If you are into Yahoo and have not practised the illicit scheme in Lagos, you are operating in a lower league.

Virtually every part of the city and even the suburbs have Yahoo boys. But the big players are mostly domiciled on the Island, Ajah, Ikoyi, Epe, Ikorodu, e.t.c. They are regular fun seekers in high upscale clubs in the areas.


Timeline of arrests of ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’ in South-west, Kwara between January and March.

January 9: Ten persons were arrested for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud in Lagos by the Lagos zonal station of the EFCC.

The suspects are: Jonathan Daniel Adebayo, Lawal Waidi Seun, Adeosun Joseph, Taiwo Gbemileke, Oseni Omotayo, Emmanuel Fakiyesi, Rasheed Ogunlana, Oladunni Segun, Sowunmi Rotimi and Efetobore Prince Wilfred

January 20: EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office arrested 10 suspects in Olomi area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

January 22: 11 suspects were arrested in Osogbo, the Osun State capital by officers from the Ibadan zonal station of the EFCC. About 12 exotic cars, including SUVs, were recovered from the suspects. Also recovered from them were mobile phones, laptop computers and other devices.

January 23: 22 suspects were arrested at various residences at Terra Annex Estate, Sangotedo in the Ajah area of Lagos.

They are Muyiwa Adetola, Adeolu Damilade, Oritsetimeyin Abel, Ademola Lekan, Abayomi Qudus, Isaac Chibueze, Ayeni Olarewaju, Aminu Kelvin, Ajama Patrick and Nesta Olotu.
Others are Odaro Edogiawere, Balogun Ayo, Mustapha Hassan, Musbaudeen Olamilekan, Adewumi Adebayo, Charles Akpene, Joshua Ugwuomore, Ayeni Isamilola, Ogundare Kayode, Kara Uzuegbu, Akindele Samuel and Oladimeji Ashiru.

January 26: Lagos zonal office of the EFCC arrested 22 suspects, while the Ibadan zonal office arrested 13 in Ibadan on the same date.

January 26 and 27: Officers from the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC arrested 17 suspects in different locations in the state. Three of the suspects are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai- based suspects who were arrested at Victory Nest Estate, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos on January 27, 2021 are Samuel Oluwasegun Olayinka, Afeez Fajumobi and Olamide Olamilekan Olaofe.

February 4: Lagos zonal office of EFCC arrested 14 suspects at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos State. The suspects are: Akin Abiola Daramola, Stephen Augustine Terungwa, Oluwateru Abiodun Samson, Jeffrey Imariagbe Ehis, Uwajiala Odion Henry, Solomon Abidiran Pelumi, Adebayo Oluwatobi Isaac Olamide and Odunifa Joseph Opomulero. Others are Adulkarim Samad Olalekan, Anne Davidson, Ibrahim Enakere Emmanuel, Abayomi Oluwagbenga Olowoake, Israel Jigah Sokoamtu, Oluwaseun Olajuwon Ibrahim and Isaiah Effiong.

February 9: The Ibadan zonal office of EFCC arrested 39 suspects. Ten of them were arrested at Ilesha, Osun State, while 29 others were arrested in different locations at Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. Items recovered from them include seven cars, laptop computers, mobile phones, and several documents containing false presences. Those arrested at Ilesha are: Oyesoji Tosin, Olaniyi Emmanuel, Samson Ojo, Sodiq Sunkanmi, Kolawole Abiodun, Oluwole Gbenga, Olajuyigbe Olamide, Oyebanji Olabisi Temitope, Ayoola Oluwafemi, and Oluwatobiloba Gbadamosi.

March 8: The Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC arrested 37 suspects in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Some of the suspects are Michael Ekundayo, Victor Olujobi, Damilola Akinluyi and Attamah Hyauth, Ade Ajayi Tobi, Oyewola Adewunmi, Emmanuel Bello, Lekan Oyewole, Oso Opeyemi OMG others.

March 9: EFCC arrested 14 suspects at K1 White House, Ogombo, Ajah, Lagos. Some of the suspects are Azeez Oluwatimileyin, Stephen Abu, Gbolahan Abbas Ridwan, Oyenowo Steven and James Silas Didam.

March 12: EFCC Ibadan Zonal office arrested 57 suspects in Ilaro, Ogun State. The suspects were arrested in their hideout in Yewa Frontier Hotel & Resort, Ellysam Hotel & Suites, April Suites and IBD International Hotels, all in Ilaro. Two pump-action guns, four exotic cars, mobile phones and laptops were recovered from some of them

March 17: 18 suspects were arrested in Sagamu, Ogun State. They were apprehended at Remo Majestic Hotel. Exotic cars, phones, laptops, and internet devices were recovered.

March 29: EFCC arrested 10 suspects in Akure, Ondo State. The items recovered from the suspects include eight exotic cars, laptops computers, phones, documents and identity cards.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/459089-analysis-despite-govt-clampdown-yahoo-yahoo-thrives-in-nigeria.html

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by iammo(m): 12:51pm On May 03
cool


Seems Premium times don't have news or content today

As long as many Americans, remain perverts looking for younger model looking teenagers to sexchat with, romance scam can never end, infact every hour a new American is signing up on dating and hook up site to get ripped off by fake profile Nigerians

As long as Software companies, Fintechs an IT companies keep putting backdoors, loopholes and vulnerability on softwares which allows US government spy on people, Hackers would keep exploiting such loopholes to get millions of dollars hacked





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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Bedrooomsecret: 12:52pm On May 03
It has really gotten out of hand.
Young boys want to drive latest cars without knowing that life is a process.
The youths do not want to struggle anymore, they now want fast money.
Our society is not even helping matters, they are more concerned about "who has money" nobody is interested in how the money is made.
They now see a struggling youth as a lazy person and worship those who got their wealth through dubious means.
These yahoo boys are the major reason for hike in prices of commodities

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Ooni: 1:10pm On May 03
The govt doing the clampdown is also guilty of the crime against the masses.

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Omihanifa: 1:10pm On May 03
As long as there's extreme poverty and lack of contentment on the part of the youths, internet fraud can't stop in Nigeria.

Intact both yahoo and prostitution will be very hard to stop in this country because the two of them compliment each other

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by tillaman(m): 1:33pm On May 03
This yahoo yahoo no be today oo!!
See as them just dey cast my Alma mater
Great Lautech!!
If you know you know

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Akwamkpuruamu: 1:33pm On May 03
Is APC as a government not worse than yahoo yahoo with Buhari at the helm. Where in the world do we have a President and a Presidency?

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by OmovuduTheBeast(f): 1:33pm On May 03
Buhari the lifeless vegetable is the biggest fraud Nigeria has seen in recent times

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by crazyABO(m): 1:33pm On May 03
Wo make everybody getawt

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by triple996(m): 1:34pm On May 03
cool we all know the people wey crime na birthright 4 their area.

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by samwheel(m): 1:34pm On May 03
undecided
Is d government not worse.
Even those bashing yahoo boys and forming saints will not hesitate to do shady deals/runs at work or business, or if given opportunity to hold a governmental position. Nobody innocent for this country, na who dem catch be thief.

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Julianaa: 1:34pm On May 03
It's more rampant than you are thinking

There is no job
No money

Unemployment rate getting higher
Price of living getting higher

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by MajesticKris: 1:34pm On May 03
The politifians are the real Ggeess!!!

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Sammyadexxx(m): 1:34pm On May 03
The high rate of Yahoo Yahoo in South West is something else.

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by DaveDanny: 1:34pm On May 03
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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Dailymice: 1:35pm On May 03
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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by KingKingKing: 1:35pm On May 03
The real yahoo is the govt of the day, so how can govt clampdown on What they do?

Or do we break it down in to two types of Yahoo
Legal yahoo- Government
Illegal yahoo- Soap

Reform and purge the system from bad leaders , then the "illegal yahoo" ceases to exist. That being said...

I think one of the banes of our country is yahoo yahoo. Our image has been so ruined that every foreigner calls us scammers just the way we call every northerner aboki.

Yaho yahoo isn't productive, ripping off unsuspecting people their hard earned money is witchcraft.

Regardless of out pathetic the govt is they should still do more to get rid of Yahoo Yahoo.


God Bless every legit hustler

God Bless Nigeria

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Arizonaz: 1:35pm On May 03
Na government fault

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by CocoaOla: 1:35pm On May 03
Corrupt politicians are the real Nigeria yahoo boys and effcc dear not near them

Where the millions dollars ikoyi lots by yahoo yahoo evil politicians

What do you expect when government deliberately make their citizens poorer because of their political ambition

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Reex12(m): 1:36pm On May 03
I cant believe slawormirr missed out on this type of thread .... truly damnnn niggarrr grin

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Bornsinner7: 1:36pm On May 03
Legal or illegal we just gat to make it..

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by jesmond3945: 1:36pm On May 03
2mercy:
Hardly does a week pass without the EFCC parading young men for cyber fraud or some being jailed by the courts for the crime.




https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/459089-analysis-despite-govt-clampdown-yahoo-yahoo-thrives-in-nigeria.html
your yahoo senators and president should be questioned first.

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by VeeVeeMyLuv(m): 1:36pm On May 03
What about corrupt politicians

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by dvkot(m): 1:36pm On May 03
Ok
Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by Dollywood(m): 1:36pm On May 03
When you don't provide jobs and opportunities they people steal to survive. It's like a jungle where the Lion and its pride take all the animals down and there's nothing left for minors.

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by livinbygrace: 1:36pm On May 03
Una don start with this epistle.All your politicians are the greatest yahoo men if you don’t know.Do you think it’s easy to survive in this good for nothing country ,with a minimum wage of 30k(Pirce Of a bag of rice)?Nepa is given out crazy bills for darkness ,is that not yahoo?civil servants dey collect bribe as if Its their birth right ,isn’t that a yahoo?Health workers dey sells drugs that are meant to be given out for free,is that not a yahoo?if not for yahoo the rate of armed robbery/higher assasin would have been out of proportion.
So calm down,It’s not easy to survive in this country.All way Na way!

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by nototribalist: 1:36pm On May 03
I feel sorry for girls who end up marrying Yahoo boys because in the future they always and will always fall back to poverty

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Re: Yahoo-Yahoo Thrives In Nigeria, Despite Government Clampdown by RingRoadMafia: 1:36pm On May 03
Buhari, Tinubu, Malami and the rest of the cabal members are the most prolific yahoo boys we have in this country. Why won't fraud thrive when one man can own more than half of a state's infrastructure as his personal business or when the other prints money at his beck & call and enriches his friends and family? Which other fraud pass this one??

I'm talking about people who enrich themselves with the commonwealth of a nation.

I'm talking about people who the jobless children of their personal assistants drive the latest AMG wheels.

I'm talking about the people who their Twitter and Facebook aides have the money to throw lavish weddings for themselves and fly around the world in private jets.

Those are the people I'm talking about. EFCC know who they are. They should arrest them first before blaming the youths who's lives have been ruined and their futures mortgaged by the actions of this same set of people.

Fraud is very bad, fraud at ALL LEVELS is very bad. But one side of the divide shouldn't have to pay for it, especially when it's not totally their fault.

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