Reactions have trailed the announcement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) informing landlords that they will bag a 15-year jail term if they rent out their apartment to internet fraudsters.
The EFCC revealed the development via its Instagram page.
The post read: “Okay now! What a juicy topic! E go, sweet wella! Landlord way yaho-boy dey stay for him house, my people, na 15 years imprisonment for the landlord o! E don set!’’
This latest directive is following the recent clampdown by the agency on internet fraudsters due to their increased operations, especially in Nigeria’s satellite towns.
The fraudsters now openly flaunt their wealth, boastfully spending and intimidating neighbors.
The effect of these actions has stereotyped Nigerians, putting them in a bad light and the country on the red list while innocent citizens have to go through a lot to gain investors’ trust.
However, the directive has been met with different reactions from Nigerians as some wonder if homeowners can tell if their prospective tenant is a fraudster.
Marcus: “So Land Lords are now detectives to know who is Yahoo boy and not… You guys beta do your Jobs and leave landlords out of this”
Sean John: “Yes I support this, landlords should do due diligence in finding out the source of income of their tenants, it doesn’t cost much. These yahoo boys are a menace abeg, they should just create a community for them, my former house, they always hold loud parties, different orgies with those secondary school hood rats in the area, and smoke Igbo publicly. Abeg, I like this mandate by the EFCC, although they should still hold politicians accountable, but this is a step in the right direction…. I dey vex because I have just been scammed of 20k, this afternoon via Twitter, abeg this yahoo boys menace is growing in different dimensions abeg. Landlords will fish them out easily.”
Iraloren: “They are looking for opportunity to steal people’s properties and sell it and share the money. With the style of this country Nigeria can never develop and the top guys will keep stealing for the poor men looking for they daily bread. I thank God say I suji to Japa”
Idgaf: “EFCC what happens to a father who is happily married with his children and has a good job and lives with his wife and children. Then you find out that one or two of his kids are into fraud. How do you work that out since the landlord rented out the house to their father and not the kids”
Bassey Edet: “EFCC ARE NOT SERIOUS, SO IF SOMEONE COME TO RENT A HOUSE, YOU WILL ASK HIM IF HE IS A YAHOO YAHOO BOY WHAT A COUNTRY OF FOOLS.”