The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has broken silence over the arrest of popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi was reportedly arrested in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) alongside his colleagues by International Police (Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged fraud.
Speaking on Friday when he featured on the TVC News programme, Journalists Hangout, Magu said the anti-graft agency, he heads, is yet to be involved in the case.
He said, “We are yet to be involved in the case of Hushpuppi, but if they happen to give us this thing (details) we would assist.”
The EFCC boss went on to disclose that, “Yahoo boys have an association with their mothers who do not feel what their children are doing is a crime actually. It is called the “Yahoo Yahoo Mothers Association, a situation where the mother would go abroad and the child would stay there and help them siphon funds from credit card fraud.”
He, however, assured that “we are doing everything possible to arrest the situation”.
Magu explained that the EFCC is not all about arrest and prosecution of internet fraudsters but, also involved in rehabilitating the suspects.
According to him, “We are not all about arresting, prosecuting and chasing of internet fraudsters, and taking away the proceeds of their crime, but we are also trying to see whether we can rehabilitate them.
“Because most of these boys are either undergraduate or graduate from higher institutions, so they can be better people to our country.
“The menace of Yahoo boys is also a course of concern, we are collaborating with other law enforcement agencies."