EFCC Busts ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ Training School in Lagos

**Arrests Proprietor, Students

By Dipo Olowookere

A building used by some people to train youths on how to scam unsuspecting public, especially foreigners on the internet, has been raided by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos.

In recent times, there have been a huge rise in internet fraud fondly called Yahoo Yahoo  in Nigeria and many of them have been nabbed.

Recently, a Nigerian music act, Azeez Fashola, otherwise known as Naira Marley, has apprehended by EFCC for an alleged internet scam. He got into trouble after he warned the anti-graft agency not to harass Yahoo Boys, who he said have contributed more to the nation’s economy than the Nigerian government.

On May 22, 2019, the EFCC said it arrested one Mr Frank Chinedu, the proprietor of a Yahoo Yahoo training school in Lagos.

The agency said the 22-year old Mr Chinedu was arrested alongside eight students of the unnamed training centre located at 14, Animashaun Street, Progressive Estate, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, while receiving lectures in internet fraud activities.

The students are: Ahmed Musa, 24; Desmond Eze, 29; Preye Kingsley, 23; Benjamin Irabor, 21; Benjamin Opah, 19; Akapo Prosper, 22; Innocent Paul, 20 and Olamide Edun, 20.

According to the EFCC, the alleged internet fraudsters were arrested following intelligence reports received about their involvement in alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest were nine laptops, 16 mobile phones, an Airtel modem, Orange Wifi and one Toyota Camry with registration number EPE406FN.

Meanwhile, the EFCC said it would soon charge the suspects to court after conclusion of a thorough investigation, while the ‘training school’ has been cordoned off by the agency.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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