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EFCC to rehabilitate convicted ‘Yahoo Boys’ – Chairman

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has disclosed that the EFCC is planning to rehabilitate convicted internet fraudsters commonly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’.

According to a statement on Friday, Olukoyede spoke when a delegation of the National Association of University Students, NAUS, led by its President, Obadi Marshal, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, on March 21.

Olukoyede said the rationale behind the rehabilitation is to ensure the reorientation of the minds of the convicts and to redirect their productive energies toward positive endeavours.

The EFCC boss said; “We have a plan to rehabilitate convicted internet fraudsters with lesser sentences. The plan is to work with the correctional centre to make them useful and more productive in society.

“When you think deeply, that tag ‘ex-convict’ is not a good thing. You can never tell where you will find yourself tomorrow, and they will want to profile you and discover that you are an ex-convict.

“So, it is even in the interest of the youth that the EFCC is doing what it is doing to prevent them from indulging in the heinous act of cybercrime.

“The issue of dichotomies of associations is disturbing. Regulate yourselves and the society will take you more seriously.”

Furthermore, Olukoyede cautioned youths against indulging in internet crimes, stressing that the implications of such an act are grave.

In his speech, NAUS president said the visit was to build synergy with the EFCC in its fight against cybercrimes across Nigerian university campuses.

Marshal said; “The aim of our visit today is to see how we can synergize and partner with the EFCC in eradicating cybercrime in all the higher institutions of learning in the country.

“NAUS has never been part of it and will never support it, that is why we are at the EFCC to see how we can collaborate to end it. The onus is on us all to save our youths from taking part in it and to save our country.”