Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has acknowledged the intelligence of internet fraudsters a.k.a yahoo boys, while also expressing the desire to re-direct their energies and the way they think into something positive.
Speaking on Friday at a town hall meeting on Edo State Education Policy, the governor added that he is not condemning those involved in the criminal act, but will be working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to find a solution.
In his words: “I am concerned. Cyber fraud and Yahoo culture are big issues.
“I am not condemning those involved. There must be a reason why that culture has become so prolific in Edo State. We must find the root cause and address them as we did in the days of trafficking.
“Let’s see how we can correct it because these children must be very brilliant. The kind of things they do, how they hack into other people’s accounts. How do we re-direct that thinking into something more positive?”
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