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12 Suspected Yahoo Boys Arrested For Burying Newborn Alive In Port Harcourt

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12 Suspected Yahoo Boys Arrested For Burying Newborn Alive In Port Harcourt

The leader of this yahoo boys was shouting, ranting that his father is a Major General and that nothing will happen.

At least 12 suspects to be involved in online fraudulent activities, commonly referred to as “Yahoo Boys have been arrested for allegedly burying a newborn baby alive at Andoni waterfront in Eagle Island, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

In a joint effort, the Port Harcourt Local Government Authority Area Security Watch and the Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch, in coordination with the police, took action on Wednesday morning, August 23, 2023, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

The arrests were made based on reliable information provided to the vigilante group by concerned residents. These residents had reportedly witnessed a group of young men engaged in suspicious activities, including performing incantations and digging the ground near the waterfront.

Chairman of PLGA Security Watch who doubles as Chief Security Officer of Eagle Island, Victor Ohaji, disclosed the incident to newsmen.

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He said on getting the information, he alerted the Azikiwe Police Division in Diobi, Port Harcourt and the officials of the state neighbourhood Agency.

“Thereafter, I immediately mobilised my men, but on getting to the spot where we were told the suspects were by the waterfront, the ‘yahoo’ boys’ had left,” he said.

Ohaji, however, said on closer observation, it was discovered that the suspected ‘yahoo’ boys’ buried something at the waterfront.

The CSO of Eagle Island said he directed his men to dig the ground, where they found the lifeless body of a newborn baby boy and was exhumed.

He said his men, the police and neighbourhood men then went to the area in search of the suspects, who they eventually sighted coming out of a hotel.

“When we dug the place, we saw a newborn baby, a bouncing baby boy. Very fine boy that they buried. Immediately I called the Situation Officer of Eagle Island and informed him of our discovery so that he could relate it to the Divisional Police Officer he is working with

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“Immediately, the police and neighbourhood watchmen joined us. So we started going around Eagle Island to see if we could find the suspects.

“We even moved from one hotel to another in the area, and lo and behold, we saw them coming out from a hotel. And as soon as we highlighted from the car, they (suspects) started running.

“So, we chased after them and apprehended them. There were twelve of them. So we took them to the police station and the baby.”

“While we were there, the leader of this yahoo boys was shouting, ranting that his father is a Major General and that nothing will happen.

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“He said even if they bury full human being, nothing will happen. The boy went on ranting that his father was coming. So we handed them to the police.”

Ohaji called on the Rivers State Government to assist the outfit with vehicles and logistics to improve on the good work they are doing.

“All we want is for the state to be peaceful. So the government should please assist us, ” he added.

Confirming the incident, Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the state Police Command, has revealed that an active investigation is ongoing.

“Yes, we can confirm the incident. They were arrested by the police with the help of vigilantes. The matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation.”

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