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SCARS™ SCAM NEWS: Welcome To The World Of ‘Apprentice Yahoo Boys’
This sounds incredible, but it is true.. ‘Yahoo boys’ are not just growing in number, they now have apprentices that understudy them. This is to ensure the continuality of the game. The apprentices after ‘graduating,’ will also have to train another set of apprentices and the circle continues. STANLEY IHEDIGBO and TAIWO JIMOH take a look at the world of the “Apprentice Yahoo Boys”.
This is actually a typical gang-type behavior. As scammers are arrested, gangs want a steady stream of workers to ensure cash flow. It is the same in the drug trade.
Ikechukwu Nnaji is 21-year-old man, born in the Ajegunle area of Lagos State. He hails from Abia State. Nnaji has a disarming smile, and it flashes like a hundred-watt bulb, illuminating his handsome face. Nnaji is small in stature, earning him the nickname, ‘Small’ among his friends.
He said that his parents relocated to Abia State five years ago after his father lost his job as a factory worker. His parents agreed to relocate to their village after his mom’s fruit selling business could no longer support them.
While his parents and other siblings prepared to leave Lagos for good, Nnaji’s uncle asked him to come and live with him.
He recalled: “Uncle Aaron is a commercial bus driver with three children. He promised to support me through my secondary school. I finished my secondary school after two years with my uncle. My parents relocated to our hometown. My uncle tried his best possible to pay for my West African Certificate Examination fees (WACE) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). I was not able to pass my first JAMB examination to study accounting. During that period, things changed for my uncle; everything went from bad to