Governor Abiodun declares war on kidnappers, Yahoo boys


The Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has declared war on kidnappers and Internet fraudsters popularly referred to as Yahoo boys.

He made this disclosure at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta during the launch of the state joint security outfit, code-named  OP-MESA on Friday.

Governor Abiodun said the state will soon set up its own financial crimes agency to deal with internet frauds and illegal financial transactions, especially, those having to do with kidnapping, ransom taking and advance fee frauds.

The governor also disclosed that it is working with federal agencies and its Oyo State counterpart in the area of security along the border lines.

Recall that kidnappers had in recent weeks turned the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway corridor to unsafe haven for travellers, having kidnapped not fewer than nine, killed one and injured one other.

The governor has vowed that his administration would not fold its arms and allow the state to be known for the wrong reasons.

He said, “We will make Ogun State inhabitable for all criminals. The other day, I was in a meeting in Abuja and in attendance was the Chairman of EFCC, and sadly, he said to me that Ogun State tops the list on the ‘Yahoo Yahoo Boys’.

“In my response, I said I am not surprised because Ogun State is the education capital of this country and you will find such around educational institutions and he agreed with me.

“We have decided that we will set up our State Commission that will be targeted towards eliminating these sorts of  financial crimes. Our state commission will collaborate with the Federal

Commission so that we do not occupy that false place in this area.

“We will like to occupy the first in many areas, but not in fraud and Yahoo Yahoo.

Also, he said he had declared war on the resurgence of kidnapping that reared its head on the link road between the state and its neighbours.

“Three days ago, I put a call through to my colleague in Oyo and we have decided that we are going to jointly collaborate in the area of providing security at the border posts between Ogun and Oyo states.

“He has decided that he will lead a team of his law enforcement architecture to Ogun State, so that we can have a meeting of minds and plan the way forward to take out these hoodlums. Ogun will not have a hiding place,” he said.

While affirming that OP-MESA was established to fight criminals across the state, he assured the people that members of the outfit would be picked to ensure they have the right discipline as well as ensure that they are committed to their assignment.

The governor further said that the launching of the outfit with fifteen vehicles, two armoured personal carriers and communication equipment would be done on a quarterly basis until the outfit reaches its desired number.

He urged the people of the state to take ownership of the outfit by collaborating with the personnel of the outfit for a more secured state.




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