Corruption and Underdevelopment

EFCC rescues alleged kidnapped yahoo apprentice in Abuja

By Paul Michael

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have rescued an alleged kidnapped yahoo-yahoo apprentice in Abuja.

A statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren, on Thursday said the 17-year-old Destiny Peter was rescued on Friday, 1st July 2022, from an apartment in Mpape, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

It was gathered that Peter had on July 1, 2022, contacted the EFCC on its official Twitter handle, @officialEFCC, narrating how some yahoo-yahoo boys kidnapped him and intended to use him for money rituals.

He was therefore guided to send a screenshot of his location to the Commission, using the Google Location App on his Android phone.

In a series of tweets, Peter wrote: “Good afternoon sir, I called the EFCC number and lay some complaints about some yahoo boys intending to use me for ritual and he said I should send a screenshot of the location

“The house is in Mpape, but don’t know the exact place so check google Maps and save the screenshot.

“I’m in the bathroom because I don’t want his boys to know what I’m doing.

“My name is Destiny Peter and the place is Mpape. I don’t know the actual place but I used google maps and the people in the house now are his boys. Hold on let me try and do a video, sir”

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Following his tweets alert, the EFCC quickly mobilized a team of detectives to the area for his rescue, and they found him locked up in a room. They rescued him and arrested 16-year-old Aboaba David, 18-year-old Isaac Johnson, 20-year-old cook, Miracle Moses, a hair stylist, and the leader of the syndicate, a 20-year-old Jamilu Aliyu, popularly known as Jamilu Smith.

During interrogation, Peter said he was threatened by Jamilu Smith, leader of the gang that if he was not able to cash out (defraud) people within two weeks, he would be sacrificed for rituals.

Under interrogation, David said Smith was their leader and recruited them to join him in scouting for potential online dating victims for fraud. All other suspects also pointed at Smith as their leader.

On his part, Smith debunked Peter’s claim that he was kidnapped. He rather said Peter’s brother brought him to him willingly to teach him bitcoin and gift card trading.

According to the spokesperson, all the suspects are in EFCC’s custody and would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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