Yahoo Boys in police net for kidnapping colleague over proceed of fraud

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By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested four suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys for abducting their colleague over sharing of proceeds of their fraud business. 

Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ogun State Police Command made this known in a statement on Thursday.

According to Oyeyemi, the arrest were made on Monday 26 December at Orile Imo village in Obafemi Owode Local Government.

The suspects are; Agbe Simeon (male), Messiah Nicky (female), Oladapo Dolapo (male) and Yetunde Shonola (female).

He said their arrest followed an information received by the Police at Owode Egba Divisional Headquarters, that one Haruna Usman, who had been abducted since Thursday, 22nd of December 2022, was being held hostage somewhere in Orile Imo. 

“Upon the information, the DPO, Owode Egba Division, CSP Popoola Olasunkanmi, quickly mobilized his men and stormed the area, where four amongst the abductors were apprehended while two others escaped.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the suspects belong to an internet fraudster syndicate, and that they recently swindled somebody whose identity is not yet known, of N26.4 million, but the victim only gave the sum of N2,200 to his other colleagues, claiming that the money has not been paid completely by their client. 

“This infuriated his colleagues who then lured him to an herbalist home at Orile Imo and held him hostage there since Thursday, 22nd of December 2022, with threat to kill him there if he refused to give them their complete share.

“But while they were there, information got to the police who moved in, rescue the victim and apprehended four amongst the abductors, while others escaped. 

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to Anti Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and possible prosecution,” the statement said. 

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