The Ogun State government has declared war on kidnappers and fraudsters popularly referred to as Yahoo boys.
According to the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Government will soon set up in 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 borderlines.
Prince Dapo Abiodun made these disclosures at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta during the launch of the state joint security outfit, code-named OP-MESA on Friday.
He said that his administration would not fold its arms and allow the state to be known for the wrong reasons.
“We will make Ogun State inhabitable for all criminals. The other day, I was in a meeting in Abuja 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.