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There is palpable fear among internet fraudsters in Ibadan, Oyo State following the mode at which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been harvesting their colleagues with precision.

Multiple sources contacted by Tori News explained the usage of Wi-Fi facilities to access the internet makes the sting operations of the crack teams easier.

Another source also revealed to a correspondent that he has gone broke due to inability to ‘work’ amid the fear of arrest by the EFCC. He complained that he has been technically hiding to evade any possible arrest.

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“Things are hard presently, we (Yahoo Boys) can’t work freely and make money. I haven’t been able to use my Wi-Fi connection to prevent getting into trouble. For now, I have left my house for that of a friend which is more secure for now. The raids have refused to stop and the development is worrisome” he said.

He explained that he has been able to use the Wi-Fi connection of a new generation bank close to his home but the major challenge is that the internet speed is very poor when connected to a laptop device.

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The Ologun Eru area of the Ibadan North-west zone which is close to the Eleyele axis is a developing area in the city with new buildings being erected. The population is a mixture of the rugged people and a few enlightened ones. It used to be serene and peaceful with several Yahoo Boys safely taking refuge there to prevent the prying eyes of security operatives.

Today, it has been receiving the regular and unwanted visits of EFCC operatives accurately hunting for Yahoo Boys using the street as their hideouts.

Many Yahoo Boys in other environs within Ibadan have also ditched their flashy cars at safe places as they move around town using public transport.

Others have also been moving around town with spare phones which are devoid of incriminating scam materials in order not to be caught in the web of the ‘Stop and Search’ exercises by EFCC operatives.

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Due to the menace of unemployment which is pegged at 23% presently, thousands of Nigerian youths have been actively engaged in all manners of internet fraud with the discreet ones using other businesses as fronts to cover up their shady activities

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ICYMI: Returning looted goods may not save you from prosecution -Police

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The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command , Bala Ciroma , said this on NTA’ s Good Morning Nigeria programme on Wednesday .
Ciroma said stealing remains a crime in Nigeria and the return of looted goods doesn ’ t change the fact that a crime has been committed .
The police commissioner , however , said cases would be handled based on their merit .
Responding to a question , he said , “ In a situation where people come to return goods , the fact remains did you commit an offence or not ? We will get our legal experts to look at it and we will decide what to do with it .
“ We will conclude our investigations and the legal experts will look at it accordingly but the fact remains that a crime has been committed . ”The CP stated that the police had been able to arrest several persons who looted warehouses and some properties had been recovered.
He promised residents that all those arrested would be prosecuted .
Ciroma said the police were still investigating the burning of vehicles in the Apo area of Abuja where hoodlums hijacked the # EndSARS protests last Monday.

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#EndSars: Hoodlums begin dumping of looted items at waste bins in Calabar

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As security operatives commenced intensive house to house search for looted public and private properties within Calabar metropolis, suspected hoodlums have started dumping items into waste bins and various hiding locations around the city.
This is coming barely few hours after the Commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh announced a 24 hours grace for looters to return such items or face the full wrath of the law.
Recall that hoodlums at the weekend wreaked havoc in the capital city of Calabar in the guise of EndDARS protest, thereby looting and destroying COVID-19 palliative and State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, warehouses, some government institutions, politicians’ houses and private business premises were equally looted and destroyed in the process.
This led to imposition of dusk-to-dusk curfew and subsequent takeover of major streets and roads by stern-looking military officers just as they have carfoned off streets linking Calabar South with Calabar Municipality.
Findings by Vanguard showed that youths at Mbukpa, Edibedibe, in Calabar South and Eta Agbor, Ikot Effa and Asari Iso in Calabar Municipality have taken the lead by dropping the items either on the road or into waste bins.
At Mbukpa market, items looted from Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, were said to have been dumped beside the waste bins there, while at Edibedibe some electronics and chairs are said to be dumped on the roadside.
At Ikot Effa, along Parliamentary axis, some youths have hurriedly dropped the stolen items including TV sets, generating sets, some beddings and mattresses at road side.
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At Asari Iso, the community people took the lead by employing a town crier who spoke in Efik language, calling on all those who participated in looting the house of Sen. Gershom Bassey and other state and private property to immediately return them.
The town crier, who moved round as early as 5:00am today, said: “All those who looted the properties of Sen. Gershom Bassey should drop it on the road, this is the order of the community.”
An eye-witness, Imaobong Solomon , said: “At Ikot Effa and Asari Iso, the youths in the areas have started panicking as soldiers have been patrolling the area. They are also afraid of community wrath, so they have to drop them on the roads.
“Some of them have gone into hiding for fear of arrest just as some of them have dropped stolen items on road sides so that security people can pick it up.”
At Anantigha and Mbukpa, a resident at Jebbs Street in Calabar South, Akparawa Akpan, said soldiers are combing some flash points looking for the hoodlums since morning.
He said: “We commend Governor Ben Ayade for taking these drastic measures to restore sanity in the state. These hoodlums were almost taking over our Ancient City of Calabar and have destroyed our common heritage.
“But we are happy that the military are everywhere and they should be allowed to take charge, especially in Calabar South, which us the base of miscreants.”
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Non-Indigens Affairs ( Igbo) to Governor Ayade, Ugoji Nwabueze, Esq, has advised Igbo businessmen in Cross River to be careful not to buy or aid the transportation of the looted /stolen items as the looters may by now be desperately looking for buyers.
Condemning in totality the level of destruction and looting, Nwabueze said: “l call on Igbo resident in all parts of the state to resist the temptation of buying any item from an unknown source even at cheaper rate.

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