Kolade Emmanuel Balogun, a convicted internet fraudster, also referred to as Yahoo boys in Nigeria, has been ordered by a court to control traffic in Ilorin for three months after he was found guilty of impersonation. The Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction of the suspect on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Kolade Emmanuel Balogun has been ordered to control traffic for 3 months. Photo credits: EFCC Source: UGC According to the anti-graft commission, Balogun was convicted by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court on one count charge of criminal impersonation brought against him.
Meanwhile, a former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke has said internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo boys, have become role models in Nigerian society. Diezani reportedly made the statement when speaking at a virtual event organized by the Ijaw national development group on Friday, August 7 “The ones that have swag, the Yahoo Yahoo boys as my son would say; these in short, are the role models they are looking at.
These are the ones that reinforce negative societal norms and values,” the former minister said. Jackson Ude, the publisher of Point Blank News posted the video of Diezani speaking at the event. In the video, Diezani stated that an irresponsible boy will end up becoming an irresponsible man, noting that such an occurrence has become a vicious cycle. The former minister pointed out that societal values have collapsed mainly because of weak family bonds caused by broken homes. In another news, Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC has again written to the retired justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel. Magu, through his counsel, Wahab Shittu, in a letter dated Tuesday, August 11, decried the investigative committee’s interpretation of its role as a Judicial Commission of Enquiry and faulted its manner of proceedings.
The suspended EFCC boss in his letter argued that despite the powers of the inquiry to exclude members of the public, it is not for the entirety of the proceedings. Shittu speaking to Premium Times in a phone interview on Wednesday, August 12, said the restriction of the public to the proceedings should be on a few occasions. However, Magu’s lawyer noted they have not allowed members of the public, adding that his client’s constitutional right to a fair hearing is being violated by the panel.