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Yahoo Yahoo: Concerns as Nigerian higher institutions witness surge in internet scams among students

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Nigerian higher education institutions, including universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education, are witnessing an increasing prevalence of advanced fee fraud, commonly known as “Yahoo Yahoo,” among their students. More students are opting for this risky path to quick wealth in an attempt to impress and outshine their peers on campuses across the country.

Instead of concentrating on their studies, these students choose to deceive unsuspecting victims and use the proceeds to buy luxury cars and socialize with attractive companions while in school. The ostentatious display of wealth by students involved in advanced fee fraud tends to attract other students who aspire to emulate such a lifestyle.

In response to this trend, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been conducting operations to apprehend students believed to be involved in internet-related offenses. Several higher institutions, including Kwara State University, Obafemi Awolowo University, Akwa Ibom State University, Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), and Olabisi Onabanjo University, have been targeted by EFCC operatives, resulting in the arrests of students suspected of engaging in such activities.

For instance, in April, EFCC operatives arrested 19 students of Akwa Ibom State University in Mkpat-Enin, Akwa Ibom State, on charges related to internet-related offenses. Some of the suspects were allegedly involved in romance scams, fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions, and impersonation. Just last week, approximately 70 students of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, were arrested for suspected internet-related offenses.

To address this issue, some institutions, such as Ladoke Akintola University in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, have implemented measures to restrict students from driving or bringing cars to the campus. They have also prohibited tinted vehicles for both staff and students, requiring learner permits to be displayed on the vehicles of novice drivers.

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The EFCC has also announced plans to collaborate with university management across the country, recognizing the university environment as a place where youths are shaped both academically and morally. They aim to work together with universities to combat the “Yahoo Yahoo” phenomenon.

The influence of internet fraudsters on other students is a growing concern. It distracts students from their studies, leading to negative academic and moral impacts. Peer influence plays a significant role in this problem, as students are drawn to the lavish lifestyles of fraudsters. Some educators suggest that anti-corruption education should start at an earlier stage of education to instill core values from a young age.

The negative effects of Yahoo boys’ actions extend beyond morality; they can also lead to reckless behavior on campuses, including accidents that harm fellow students. Some believe that the parents of these students are partially responsible for supporting their illegitimate activities.

To combat this issue, punitive measures have been proposed as a way to deter students from engaging in fraudulent activities. Sensitization programs within schools and increased security and surveillance on campuses are seen as important steps in addressing the problem. Ultimately, a multifaceted approach involving education, deterrence, and parental involvement is essential to tackling the “Yahoo Yahoo” menace among Nigerian students.

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‘Some people have turned into monitoring spirits because of Tinubu’ – Joe Igbokwe

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Joe Igbokwe, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, raised concerns on Saturday about the constant monitoring of President Bola Tinubu. Igbokwe claimed that some individuals have resorted to witchcraft and “monitoring spirits” to keep an eye on Tinubu.

He explained that these individuals are observing Tinubu closely to catch any mistakes or mishaps, wherever he goes. Posting on his Facebook page, Igbokwe predicted that this scrutiny will persist for the next eight years.

He wrote: “Some people have turned to monitoring spirits. They follow PBAT anywhere he goes to see if he will make mistakes, if he will fall down, or if he will be received very well in any country he goes to. This is witchcraft and they will do this for 8 years. Mark this.”

Tinubu had a slip during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square on June 12. Addressing the incident later at a Democracy Day dinner at the Presidential Villa, the President commented: “Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They’re confused about whether I was doing bugger or babariga.

“But it is a day to celebrate democracy. Why doing dobale on the day? I’m a traditional Yoruba boy. I did my dobale.”

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‘We’re still owed salaries in Abia State University’ – ASUU

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The Abia State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that many of its members did not receive their April and May salaries, and those who were paid had deductions from their salaries. ASUU Chairperson Chidi Mbah and Secretary Victor Obisike stated that despite announcements from the Abia government and social media reports indicating that salaries had been settled, only a few staff members with accounts at commercial banks received their April salaries, and even fewer received their May salaries.

The ASUU leaders highlighted that this inconsistency in salary payments and deductions has caused financial difficulties, anxiety, and uncertainty among the affected staff. They noted that staff members who did receive their April or May salaries experienced unexplained deductions ranging from N8,000 to N53,000.

This irregular payment system has made it difficult for the unions within the university to determine the status of their check-off dues, which are usually deducted at the source. Additionally, ASUU emphasized that 11 months of outstanding salary arrears remain unpaid, despite repeated assurances from the government.

ASUU expressed its support for Governor Alex Otti’s efforts to improve Abia State University but urged government officials to avoid politicizing the salary payment issue. They appealed to the state government to promptly address the concerns raised and ensure that all outstanding salaries, including the arrears, are paid in full to alleviate the financial hardships faced by the university staff.

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Sanusi: Ado Bayero was never Emir of Kano – Gov Yusuf’s spokesman

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Sanusi Bature, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, has asserted that Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. According to Bature, former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje appointed Bayero as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city.

During an appearance on Arise Television, Bature explained that Ganduje’s appointment of Bayero as emir was part of a political maneuver that compromised the integrity of the historic Kano Emirate, which predates Nigeria and its constitution by over a thousand years.

Bature stated: “The governor’s action was intended to protect the emirate’s integrity as an institution. The Emirate of Kano has a history that predates Nigeria, with people living under a single Emir for over a thousand years. Ganduje’s administration politicized this history, which Yusuf promised to rectify during his campaign to restore the emirate’s lost glory.”

He further remarked, “This is not the first time an Emir has been deposed; Ganduje did it, and Sanusi left Kano for peace to prevail. Now Sanusi has returned to Kano after the law was repealed.”

Clarifying Bayero’s status, Bature said, “Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. He was appointed as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city. With the revision of the law under a unified Kano, the emirate Bayero served no longer exists. He was the Emir of the Kano city emirate, not the entire 44 local governments of Kano, a status created by Ganduje’s 2019 Emirate law.”

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Governor Yusuf deposed Ado Bayero and reinstated Muhammed Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Despite this, Ado Bayero has refused to leave his Nassarawa palace and has challenged the state government’s action in court.

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