Following the directive by the Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to apprehend all internet fraudsters popularly called yahoo boys and ritualists across Delta State, the State Police command has launched a special squad to tackle the menace.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mustafa Muhammad, who confirmed the new strategy of the police to newsmen in Asaba on Friday, disclosed that six persons suspected to be members of the ‘Yahoo boys’ group were on Thursday arrested around summit junction in Asaba with fetish substance wrapped in leather bag, adding that the suspects upon interrogation made useful statements to the police.
He said, “our new strategy will pay off with a view to arresting suspected Yahoo, Yahoo boys and ritualists. We are collaborating with other security agencies in the state to ensure that hoodlums, Yahoo, Yahoo boys, and ritualists are brought to book. Any suspect arrested will not be released until investigations are completed. I am happy Deltans are cooperating by way of providing useful information to the police.”
He assured that all suspects would be prosecuted according to the law, adding that the police command has resolved that the special squad will operate in mufti for a period of months.
The Police commissioner added that there will be stop-and-search to ensure effective policing across the state, especially hotels and brothels where the suspects frequent.
He added that the command’s detectives have launched a search for the killers of a 54-year-old man who allegedly raped his wife in Edjekota town, Ughelli North local government area of the state.
Muhammad said that the police detectives have been mandated to comb every nook and cranny in area to ensure the killer suspects are brought to book, disclosing that the police had recently convened a meeting with all stakeholders including the local government chairman in the area and the member representing the area at the state House of Assembly to ensure there is a headway in the matter.
Recall that the 54-year-old man was killed in the process of trying to prevent the suspects, now on the run, from raping his wife, in their farmland last week.