In what seem like you-cannot-be-wrong-supporting-your-own, mothers of internet scammers, popularly known in Nigerian parlance as Yahoo Yahoo, have united to form Association of Mothers of Yahoo Boys.
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this yesterday when he addressed the media in the commission’s office in Ikoyi, Lagos.
He said such parents always justify their children’s activities with the argument that they are supporting their families in the place of irresponsible, runaway or deceased fathers.
He said the EFCC had appealed to parents as well as the media to join the war against cyber crime by not celebrating unexplained wealth.
More so, he said beyond arrest and prosecution, the EFCC would see to the rehabilitation of internet fraudsters and channel their intelligence and talents into positive ventures that would benefit the nation.
He revealed that the commission’s premises was littered with recovered vehicles and that plans were underway to auction them as well as recovered houses.
“We are looking at how we can rehabilitate the Yahoo boys; these are young boys, who have graduated, and in the university. We want to see how we can sensitise them; how we can make them know that the Yahoo business is wrong.
“And we are also appealing to their mothers. The parents of these children, they have actually formed an association of Yahoo Yahoo Mothers’ Association – Yes; they are there – Association of Mothers of Yahoo Yahoo Boys.
“Some of them will say the father did not do anything; these boys came, demolished the house and put up a new structure. If you see the cars that we have recovered, you will think that we are in car business. These are all Yahoo Yahoo. All brands of cars – Jaguar, Rolls Royce.
“We want to correct them (Yahoo boys) so they can go back as responsible citizens; people who can be very useful; the knowledge can be utilised; we can bring back the knowledge and make it more be useful.
“We are prepared and we are not shying away from arresting and arraigning them, but we are thinking that we should find a way to manage them, so that they can be useful citizens. These are very intelligent boys; we can use their intellect for positive purposes for this country,” Magu said.