Four Yahoo Boys arrested allegedly for kidnapping colleague over N26 million
No fewer than four suspected suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys have been arrested by men of the Ogun State police command for kidnapping their colleague over sharing of proceeds of their fraud business.
According to a statement issued by the state police spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Thursday, the internet fraudsters were apprehended on Monday by officers of the command at Orile imo village in Obafemi Owode local government area of the state.
The suspects were identified as “Agbe Simeon ‘m’, Messiah Nicky ‘f’, Oladapo Dolapo ‘m’ and Yetunde Shonola ‘f’.”
According to Oyeyemi, their arrest “followed a credible intelligence received by the Police at Owode Egba divisional headquarters, that one Haruna Usman, who had been abducted since Thursday, 22nd of December 2022, is being held hostage somewhere in Orile Imo.”
The statement from the police SP says: “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 sum of twenty six million, four hundred and thirty seven thousand, nine hundred and fifty naira (#26,437,950), but the victim only gave the sum of #2,200 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,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP 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.
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