A popular sakawa (yahoo yahoo) boy, Akpojivi Joel Onoriode, has been arrested by security operatives.
The 29-year-old Onoriode was one of the four internet fraudsters recently rounded up in Calabar separate raids by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (Nigeria’s version of EOCO) on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Onoriode who is a graduate of Delta State University, Abraka was arrested in his magnificent duplex located at Plot 10, Block VI, Unical Satellite Town in Calabar. The married father of two has been in the “yahoo-yahoo” business for a long time and was known as “Blinks” or “Mr White”. After his arrest, he revealed he currently operates an offshore account in China.
During a search by the officials, three luxury cars were recovered from his premises – ZDX Acura car, E 300 Mercedes Benz and a Range Rover SUV. The Range Rover could, however, not be moved out of the premises with other exhibits due to mechanical problems. Other items recovered include, two iPhones, one Nokia phone, and documents of landed properties owned by the suspect.
“I was really known in my school then as a yahoo boy. I have two kids. I didn’t want to bring them up where people will say, ah! your father is a yahoo boy. That was why I relocated my family from Asaba to Calabar. When I came out now and saw you people and the bus outside, my mind just told me there was a problem, ‘ he said.
The other three were arrested on May 5, 2019 are Ifeanyi Chukwudi, Godwin Joseph and Iluobe Daniel. They were rounded up at different locations within Calabar, following intelligence reports gathered by operatives of the EFCC, as a result of the high rate of cyber-crime in the state.
Chukwudi who confessed that he specializes in love scam, admitted he had “made a lot of money from the business (yahoo-yahoo)”.
He said: “I have defrauded women from the UK (United Kingdom). They usually pay me after we get engaged, and then, they will now want me to come over, that’s when they send me money and that’s how I get paid.”
Some of the items recovered from his apartment at Effiong Close, Satellite Town, Calabar include: one iPhone 8 Plus, one HP laptop containing fraudulent letters of false claims, and nine SIM cards.
Joseph and Daniel were arrested at Itagbor Agbeansa area of Calabar. A Toyota Camry LE, one HP laptop containing scam emails and several exotic phones were recovered from them.
The commission revealed that the four will soon be charged to court.