As the war on economic and financial crimes takes a new turn the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has hinted that landlords who give out thier houses to internet fraudsters also known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys risks 15 years jail term.
The EFCC made the disclosure on it’s verified Instagram handle @officialefcc during it’s newly launched online program EFCC CONNECT which is an online interactive program with the public using the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
The news has caused serious reactions and mixed feelings from thousands of social media users who questioned the authority of the anti-graft agency to carry out such action when it is not known by the extant laws of the land and has not been passed by the national assembly.
Social media users questioned the possibility of embarking on such action by the EFCC when a landlord could hardly detect if his tenant is involved in internet fraud or Yahoo Yahoo especially with the sophistication of the Yahoo Yahoo art in recent times. Most internet fraudsters have jobs and other businesses they front to landlords while letting an apartment.
Other users queried why internet crime has gradually become a lucrative alternative venture for Nigeria youths which they said is attributed to failure of government to provide jobs and good welfare scheme for her teaming youths and citizenry.
While it is almost impossible for landlords or Estate Managers to detect internet fraudsters tenants, the new development however calls for caution, proper screening and KYC (Know Your Customer) and proper investigation on the incoming tenant before giving out apartments for letting.