A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has urged the United State (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and INTERPOL to go after ‘Yahoo politicians’ in Nigeria.
Frank claimed that some corrupt politicians in the current government were the ones breeding internet fraudsters known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’ in Nigeria.
He stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday in response to the 77 Nigerians listed as internet fraudsters in a list recently released by the FBI.
While he commended the FBI and other international security agencies for their onslaught against fraudsters in the country, Frank urged them to beam their searchlight on governors, ministers or other government appointees, who became stupendously affluent after their tenure in office.
These politicians, he alleged, often were nowhere financially before they got into public office.
Frank, who accused the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC), of continuously shielding the ‘Yahoo politicians’, argued that it would be difficult to end the incidence of internet frauds being perpetrated by some young Nigerians.
“Corruption is gradually becoming criteria to get appointment, especially under the current administration.
“The ‘Yahoo politicians’ are the role models of these ‘Yahoo Yahoo Boys.’ Those presently in government are not immune. They have turned Nigeria to the capital of poverty in the world.
“The ‘Yahoo’ appointees and governors will throw elaborate parties and dinners once they assume public office because they see it as an opportunity to loot the treasury,” he said.