Ogun Youths Busted By EFCC – Why the state is becoming a hub for fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan zonal office on Thursday convicted eight persons before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The trend of online fraud, popularly known as “yahoo yahoo” is on the rise in the Gateway state.

Raji Wasiu Olalekan
Raji Wasiu Olalekan, one of the suspects arrested by EFCC

Investigations revealed that Abeokuta, Ikorodu and Ijebu Ode axis are becoming hotspot for youths who decide to execute their fraudulent activities away from the buzzling Lagos. The reasons for this trend is not far-fetched, given the proximity of these cities to industrial city of Lagos.

The convicts are: Olayiwola Olamilekan Adewole, Raji Wasiu Olalekan, Uthman Dolapo Muhammed, Usman Toheeb Olawale, Oyesoji Tosin Isaac, Okegbenro Idris Olalekan, Oluwole Olusukanmi Yinka and Akinlolu akintunde Toheed.

The Court also ordered Olayiwola to restitute $1,100 USD to  his victim; Raji, $300USD; Uthman, N1,184,336.51 ; Oyesoji, $1,800; Usman, $70 USD; Oni, $1,000USD; Oluwole,  £2,000 to Jennifer Unichi and also forfeit the sum of N205,228:65 and Akinlolu, $950 USD, according to EFCC official Twitter handle.

Outside of Lagos, it becomes hard for youths to get jobs. For instance, while you may lose count of industries in Lagos and Ota environs, other towns and cities in Ogun state are mostly residential areas, with little or no economic opportunities. Many youths in the state also lack the necessary skills. They are exposed too soon to the get quick syndrome and cultism.

Organizations willing to set up businesses in the state can begin to leverage on the emptiness of the youths in the state even as Ogun state government must ensure that it provides access to relevant IT and technical skills for youth empowerment. Their access to mobile phones and internet has not been matched with relevant job opportunities and which makes them waste away. While lack of opportunity isn’t an excuse for crime, denying the obvious is dangerous.

The government must also see to the fact that new organizations spring up across all the senatorial districts for equity and fairness.

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