A video of three teenagers searching for where to learn internet fraud popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ in Edo state has surfaced online and gone viral.
In the two-minute video, the boys who are between the ages of 14 and 15, appeared stranded and were seen with bags believed to contain their clothes and personal belongings.
A yet-to-be-identified man, who filmed the boys, could be heard interrogating them in a mixture of English and Pidgin.
When asked where they were going to, the boys replied: “We wan come hustle.”
On the kind of hustle they are after, they said: “Yahoo hustle…”
Seemingly shocked at their response, the interviewer had probed further if they really wanted to learn internet fraud.
Reaffirming their initial claim, they answered: “Yes…but not Yahoo plus”.
ARADUGBO TITUN TIDE OOO
YAHOO YAHOO AT THE AGE OF 14yrs
These boys ages from 14 to 15 in Edo State looking for how to LEARN YAHOO YAHOO (Internet Scam).
— Mayowa olagunju ❁ (@iam_doctormayor) January 30, 2022Advertisement
‘Yahoo plus’ is another dimension of cybercrime which involves people using traditional charms and mystical powers to swindle their victims.
When asked why they took to the streets in search of where to learn cybercrime, they said: “As they don come pursue us, na him we com dey find where we go stay.
“Na the person we dey stay with pursue us. We no dey get rest of mind for house, any small thing wey we do, they will start cursing us. They eventually chased us away. So, we come dey find where we go do Yahoo.”
The teenagers also revealed that their parents are based in Delta state, and that they are aware of their residence in Edo.
The video — which comes at about the same time when four teenagers were arrested in Ogun state for allegedly killing a girl for money rituals — has continued to elicit heated reactions on Twitter.
Here’s what some Nigerians had to say:
Kids r now going around looking for where to learn yahoo yahoo shocking they know what yahoo+ means at this age. Until we decide we r tired of the present system we operating on as a country, things like this will continue to occur.Advertisement
Oshodi | poverty | Bae U pic.twitter.com/6ppHfF4rXd
— Bigtymerbitz™ 🇳🇬🇨🇲 (@Bigtymerbitz) January 30, 2022
With the rising Number of Yahoo/Yahoo+ boys and cases of young girls been killed for ritual purposes; more attention must be paid to the BOY CHILD,no matter how well u raise a girl, she will have to deal with a bad boy tomorrow. Fathers/men we must MENTOR this generation.
— Ceejay_boss (@Ceejayboss1) January 29, 2022
We must teach the next generation that there is dignity in labor. Learn a trade, learn a craft go to school there are the things that makes society thrive in the past. We all a role to play. This menace called yahoo yahoo must be stopped before we are all consumed
— Kessy Paul (@Uncle_Nurse) January 29, 2022
Oh my Gosh! What a failed Society we found ourselves.
Imagine these Teenagers aspiring to become Yahoo Yahoo boys.
It is so shameful and disastrous.
It is well. pic.twitter.com/bjA5iXChwC
— Ogbeni Ob Sugar ™🌍 #Daddy Kamala (@OgbeniObSugar) January 30, 2022
Yahoo Yahoo don finally turn legit work.
Kids now travel to learn. This is no joke.
Everything don spoil
Ritual D.A.R.E. Desperation Money Bae U Poverty pic.twitter.com/czL9eF83i5
— 🇨🇲ONYE-EZE👑 MANSON💙❤ (@joeselfy) January 30, 2022
When I was serving in Ekiti, one of my neighbors took his son who was about 19-20 years old to a guy who was making it big in Yahoo Yahoo and paid the guy to tech his son work. This is how far parents are pushing their children into fraud and #Ritual killings.
— Pax says #EndSARS (@Luter_O) January 30, 2022
Sometimes it saddens me when I see young people who thing the only way to make money is through Yahoo Yahoo….
Most annoying thing is that a lot of parents supports their kids t involve themselves in these things… It's shameful 🤦
— Uhimwen Edosa (@eddythecreatorr) January 30, 2022
Everyone on social media is condemning the act of yahoo yahoo and yahoo plus & get rich quick syndrome… LETS TAKE THE MESSAGE FROM ONLINE TO OFFLINE. Be intentional about changing the notion and the society. PARENTS RAISE RESPONSIBLE KIDS
— Omeche'koleya🇳🇬 (@librannette) January 30, 2022
Some embraced corruption.
Some embraced kidnapping.
Some embraced Yahoo Yahoo.
Some are selling drugs.
Some are selling fake ,substandard or expired products.
Now some are embracing money rituals 😭.
This is what you get when a society values money more than anything else.
— Omo Ogun (@OgunDecides) January 30, 2022
The increasing menace of yahoo yahoo and ritual killing for money is first a failure of parenting, then of charismatic opinion wielders. If Pastors, Imams, musicians, comedians and social media influencers don't stigmatize OVER RICH OVER NIGHT syndrome there little govt can do!
— Yeribaba's Page ✍️🇳🇬 (@Yeribabaa) January 29, 2022
Growing up, you dare not bring home a pencil that is not yours. You will be dealt with as if you stole the whole school unlike now that parents are enrolling their wards in Yahoo yahoo school. https://t.co/80K68An5Ng
— Ola (@olahod) January 29, 2022
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