There’s Nothing Wrong In Raiding ‘Yahoo Boys’ At Nightclubs – Magu

 

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has come out to defend the raids on nightclubs in the country, insisting that there is nothing wrong in it.

The anti-graft agency recently stormed a nightclub in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital and arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters, known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’.

Mr Magu said the move is important because that’s where internet fraudsters gather and spend the money gotten from their victims.

“If it is nightclubs, these are the places the yahoo boys gather and spend the money. There is nothing wrong in raiding the yahoo boys at nightclubs.”

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The EFCC boss who was in Ibadan to inspect the new recruits of the commission at the state zonal office on Wednesday, stressed that the raid on the nightclubs is based on credible intelligence gathered.

“It is not about nightclub, raiding of nightclub is left to the police, we don’t have much power, and we will go there when we are sure it is the fraudsters.

“We are not raiding nightclub, we are going after the yahoo yahoo boys and we always do that when we have a credible intelligence.”

He added that the fraudsters are small boys and need the support of everybody to rehabilitate them.

“What we will do is that we have to collaborate to rehabilitate them into the society. These are small boys who are intelligent, they can be useful.

“There are a lot of fraudsters who have made millions, we can find a way to bring them back so they can be better citizens tomorrow,” he said.

EFCC Raids Osogbo Nightclub, Arrests 94 Suspected Cyber Fraudsters

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office, on Sunday, raided a nightclub in Osogbo, the Osun State capital and arrested cyber fraudsters numbering 94.

The anti-graft agency in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said the nightclub popularly known as ‘Club Secret Underground’ is notorious for hosting parties for suspected internet fraudsters.

Uwujaren in the statement added that the nightclub is located on the Ibadan-Iwo Expressway of the Osun State capital.

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“The raid led to the arrest of 94 suspects and confiscation of 19 exotic cars, laptops, scores of sophisticated mobile phones and other items.

“The wee-hour operation was sequel to an intelligence report hinting that the suspected internet fraudsters were organising a night party for Sunday, October 13 during which some of them intended to celebrate their loots.

“A discreet operation on the club had earlier been carried out to ascertain the authenticity of the intelligence,” he explained.

The suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation, and those indicted would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

25 Injured In Arkansas Nightclub Shooting

Gunfire erupted at a hip-hop concert in a Little Rock, Arkansas nightclub early on Saturday morning, wounding at least 25 people and leading the governor to call for a fresh effort to reduce violent crime in the state capital.

None of the people wounded at the Power Ultra Lounge had life-threatening injuries, the Little Rock Police Department said on Twitter, bumping up the count of those hit by gunfire to 25 from an initial 17.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola told a press conference that the city was revoking the lounge’s liquor license and that the property manager was going to evict the club, adding “we will be shutting this location down”.

Little Rock Mayor, Mark Stodola

He also said that the incident was not being treated as an act of terrorism.

Stodola said, “I want to thank and commend our first responders; thanks to their response, the work of the medical professionals in our hospitals, and by the grace of God, all of the victims are expected to survive.

“I want to reassure our public that this was not an act of terrorism but a tragedy. A local community tragedy. It does not appear to be a planned shooting. It appears that there was a disagreement amongst a small subset of individuals at a concert that turned violent because of the presence of rivalries and weapons.

“Let me mention a couple of things. First of all, the lounge, The Ultra Power Lounge, the ABC has suspended the liquor license effective today. The city is going to be placing this property in our criminal abatement programme and we will be shutting this location down. Absolutely.

“The manager of the property is advised that he is also providing an eviction notice to the operators of the lounge. So this activity downtown is going to cease.”

UN Urges America To Adopt Robust Gun Regulation

Gun RegulationThe UN human rights office on Tuesday (June 14) urged the leadership in the United States of America to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens from the “horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.”

This is in the aftermath of the mass killing of 49 people by a gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida.

The Quoting the High Commissioner (HC), Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rupert Colville, said in a press conference, “It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign.”

He said “how many more mass killings of school-children, of co-workers, of African-American churchgoers — how many more individual shootings of talented musicians like Christina Grimmie, or politicians like Gabrielle Giffords, will it take before the United States adopts robust gun regulation? Why should any civilian anywhere be able to acquire an assault rifle or other high-powered weapons designed to kill lots of people?”

A new UN human rights report on the civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms highlights the “devastating impact” of gun violence on a host of human rights, including the rights to life, security, education, health, an adequate standard of living and participation in cultural life.

Colville said, “The protection of human rights must be central to the development of laws and regulations regarding the availability, transfer and use of firearms.

“UN and regional human rights experts have long recommended that firearm control measures must include adequate background check systems, the periodic review of licenses, clear gun removal policies when intervening in domestic violence cases, mandatory training, and the criminalization of illegal sale of firearms, among other measures.”

According to the High Commissioner, “Examples from many countries clearly show that a legal framework to control the acquisition and use of firearms has led to a dramatic reduction in violent crime.

“In the United States, however, there are hundreds of millions of guns in circulation, and every year thousands of people are killed or injured by them.”

He added that it was “particularly reprehensible – indeed dangerous – that this terrible event is already being utilized to promote homophobic and Islamophobic sentiments.

He urged everyone in the United States “to ensure that the human rights, and consequently the security, of all are strengthened in the aftermath of this horrendous incident.”

50 Dead In Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Orlando ShootingPolice have confirmed that 50 people were killed and 53 others injured in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the United States.

Reports suggested that the gunman called 911 before the shooting and claimed to have sworn his allegiance to the Islamic State.

However, Police authorities believed that the killings were most likely ideologically motivated.

In his reaction, President Barack Obama said Americans were bonded in grief, outrage and “resolve to defend our people”, after “an act of terror and an act of hate”.

The gunman, named by officials as Omar Mateen, of Afghan descent, was said to have come from the town of Port St. Lucie.

Police disclosed that he was not on a terrorism watch list, but was being investigated for an unrelated criminal act.

In the meantime, a state of emergency has been declared across the city of Orlando to allow law enforcement officials to focus on investigation of the incident termed ‘the worst mass shooting in US’ history.