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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.

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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BVN, NIN requirement: CBN keeps mum as deadline expires

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has kept mum as the deadline for banks to restrict customers’ accounts without a Bank Verification Number or National Identity Number has expired.

DAILY POST recalls that CBN, in a notice on December 1 last year, signed by the Director of Payments System Management Department, Chibuzo Efobi and Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Haruna Mustapha, asked banks to restrict tier-1 accounts or wallets without NIN or BVN.

“For all existing Tier-1 accounts/wallets without BVN or NIN: Effective immediately, any unfunded account/wallet shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ until the new process is satisfied.

“Effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’, and no further transactions will be permitted. The BVN or NIN attached to and/or associated with all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024”, the statement partly reads.

However, CBN acting spokesperson, Hakama Sidi has yet to respond to calls from DAILY POST on Friday over the fate of banks’ customers without NIN or BVN.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview with DAILY POST, the President of the Bank Customers Association of Nigeria, Dr Uju Ogubunka, appealed to CBN for a deadline extension.

According to him, though many accounts have NIN or BVN, there are still many without the requirement.

“At this point, the best thing for CBN to do is extend the deadline for bank customers to have their NIN or BVN”, he told DAILY POST.

A source who preferred anonymity in a tier-1 bank told DAILY POST that no customer account had been restricted owing to the NIN or BVN requirement.

“At the moment, no customers’ accounts have been restricted. Customers in the last three days have trooped in to update their account”, he said.

DAILY POST reported that bank customers were in a last-minute rush to meet the NIN and BVN requirement deadlines as they besieged their respective banks.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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Gov Mbah signs New Enugu City, ENSIEC bills into law

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On Friday, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State officially approved the New Enugu City Development Agency Bill, the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Bill, and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIC) Amendment Bill, turning them into law. The signing ceremony, witnessed by Enugu State House of Assembly Speaker Uchenna Ugwu at the Government House in Enugu, marked significant steps in the state’s governance.

Governor Mbah clarified the purposes of these laws during the signing event. He highlighted that the New Enugu City Development Agency Law grants administrative authority to oversee the development of a new city master plan, aimed at accommodating both present and future generations. The Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Law, on the other hand, focuses on automating and digitizing processes for service delivery, beginning with land-related matters.

Regarding the ENSIEC Amendment Law, Governor Mbah noted its alignment with constitutional amendments concerning electoral bodies, ensuring compliance with the evolving legal framework.

Explaining the rationale behind the New Enugu City Development Agency, Mbah emphasized the government’s forward-thinking approach to governance, addressing the need for urban expansion to accommodate the growing population. He underscored the significance of having a master plan for future generations to prevent urban congestion.

Furthermore, Mbah elaborated on the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service, emphasizing its role in fulfilling the administration’s promise to streamline land administration processes and provide efficient services. He highlighted the agency’s mandate to manage property information systems and facilitate digital platforms for accessing services and making payments.

Governor Mbah expressed gratitude to the State House of Assembly for their support and swift passage of these executive bills, acknowledging the importance of collaboration in driving the state’s development agenda forward. He emphasized that progress and success hinge on the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the legislature.

In conclusion, Governor Mbah affirmed his administration’s commitment to fulfilling its promises and leveraging legislative support to enhance governance and service delivery in Enugu State.

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Tinubu’s presidency not by chance – Shettima

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Vice President Kashim Shettima asserts that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s rise to the presidency is not coincidental but a divine blessing due to the sincerity of his character. Shettima made these remarks during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

“The path leading to Tinubu’s presidency wasn’t accidental. He is known for his consistent sacrifices for the nation’s welfare. His success is viewed as a divine reward for his genuine intentions,” Shettima stated.

He stressed the importance of leaders fostering unity, highlighting Tinubu’s significant role in offering an alternative political platform within Nigeria’s system.

“Tinubu has made sacrifices and facilitated unity. He provided a haven for those facing political persecution and offered an alternative platform when others struggled for recognition,” Shettima elaborated.

Shettima urged Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s leadership, emphasizing that his presidency is not a coincidence but a deliberate journey towards national success.

He also charged the newly appointed NCPC Board to demonstrate unwavering commitment to their duties and reminded them of the importance of religious dedication in addressing national challenges.

“All of you were selected based on your religious commitment. We cannot overlook the issues within our system. It’s essential for all of us to strive for positive change to achieve the Nigeria we envision,” he concluded.

Previously, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the opportunity to serve on the board and praised Vice President Shettima’s outstanding leadership, citing his support for the Church and peace efforts in Borno State.

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