Quest for wealth push more youths into money ritual, education under threat

Chuks (not actual identify) was a second-year pupil of Nnamdi Azikiwe College, Awka. He lived in a hostel in the identical neighbourhood as this reporter. He was a stage headed dude, whose age then might be put at between 23 and 25. He isn’t blessed with wealthy dad and mom, and to make ends meet, he typically helped his fellow college students to scrub their garments.

Through the lengthy trip of 2017, Chuks disappeared. He most likely travelled to fulfill his dad and mom like most college students did, however on the graduation of the subsequent educational yr, he didn’t return to proceed his research. He, nonetheless, visited the neighbourhood in a clear Toyota Venza SUV round November of the identical yr. “Chuks, you introduced your dad and mom’ car to high school to come back and exhibit, is it not?” This reporter queried Chuks jokingly. He merely smiled wryly in an unruffled method and said that the automotive was his.

He purchased drinks for his former hostel mates, and later left. A lot later, one of many hostel mates, who noticed our shock on the speedy transformation Chuks skilled, had this to say: “Oga, no go kill your self ooo. Chuks is into yahoo plus. He simply purchased a plot of land for N50 million at Okpuno (close to Awka), and has stated that after he returns once more, he was going to erect a plaza there.” This reporter has, nonetheless, not set eyes on Chuks within the 5 years which have handed.

Chuks is only one out of very many youths who’ve deserted schooling and are pursuing wealth with vigour, and doing so by each means doable, together with killings and different fetish practices that contain human lives.

Just lately, there have been circumstances of such fetish practices by youths in numerous components of Nigeria. In Imo State, information broke a few younger man who was visited by his mom in a hostel. The poor lady who most likely was coming to go to his son who (perhaps) is at school purchased fruits to be offered to him, however he ended up making an attempt to kill her, for cash ritual.

Additionally, in Ogun State, the information of the killing of a sure woman, recognized as Rofiat by her boyfriend and his pals remains to be recent too. The case of Rofiat was pathetic as a result of she didn’t survive. Her head was minimize off by the youngsters, and was being roasted in a clay pot, once they have been apprehended by the police.

In Imo, one other incident, which has been dismissed as a comedy skit has nonetheless not convincingly been expunged from the reminiscences of the individuals, as some youths sat in a preferred roundabout in Owerri, excreting and utilizing bread to dip in it as sauce earlier than consuming.

Practices like these have been named as ‘Yahoo plus’ within the Nigerian parlance. DAILY POST made enquiries concerning the identify yahoo plus, and the way it developed. Yahoo Yahoo is a well-liked identify for web scammers, most of whom operated with laptops. It was simple to see somebody with a laptop computer being known as a Yahoo Boy. A number of methods by which Yahoo Boys function have been recognized. A pupil of Nnamdi Azikiwe College, who most popular to be nameless, stated he had pals who have been into web scams.

“It’s both you might be into love scams, otherwise you pose as a enterprise magnate, with the purpose of defrauding some grasping white individuals, by bogus proposals. The one I’ve seen numerous guys do is love scams, the place younger boys go into relationship websites, seek for white girls, a few of them widows, some wealthy and single. Some simply have a yearning for black guys, and because the relationship blossoms, the boys search for a solution to rip off the ladies, earlier than closing their accounts on the positioning and shifting on.”

NAIJATABLOID gathered that as extra individuals turned alert about web scams, younger boys began participating native medical doctors to make charms for them to hypnotize and defraud their victims. The involvement of the native physician it was gathered is what makes their actions ‘Yahoo Plus’. “A few of these boys are informed by their native medical doctors to name the names of their victims a specified variety of occasions, and carry out incantations earlier than going to them for enterprise, or making telephone calls to them. Some are requested to carry out sacrifices by assembling kids and shopping for them presents earlier than participating within the exercise. Typically, they’ve to purchase issues, put them in a plate and drop them in a crossroad at midnight, simply to make sure that their sufferer components with cash,” the supply revealed.

Nonetheless, those that interact in these practices could have discovered that it’s turning into more and more powerful to get victims to half with cash, so, they’ve resorted to different means, and sticking to the identify – yahoo plus.

In the meantime, investigations across the web have revealed a number of the practices younger individuals are into, to make sure they make wealth. ‘Oke ite and nne ite’ are stated to be sorts of charms ready by younger people who find themselves on the quick lane, on the instruction of native medical doctors to generate wealth. It was gathered that the charms are ready with completely different animals, together with canine and human blood, and so on. Various kinds of roots and herbs are mixed with completely different drinks, all to provide Okeite or Nneite, which they imagine attracts limitless wealth to them.

A cloth sourced from the web said that: “Okeite is one thing that you may be repairing by blood sacrifice every now and then and is one thing that can at some point begin demanding for kids or younger girls’s blood. Okeite could make a person impotent, and even finally at some point it should begin demanding on your family members. Most yahoo guys are into Okeite or Nneite.”

“The reality is any attraction you do on this life requires regular sacrifice to maintain working. Our youths are determined and in a rush to make it in life that they neglect that at some point they are going to cry. In a number of years to come back, so a lot of our youths are going to die mysteriously, some will run mad, some are going to be impotent, due to Okeite. I want I may clarify extra!

“Simply notice that Okeite is dangerous and Evil! Okeite is simply commanding your entire life’s wealth (cash) to come back without delay. Typically it should contain your kids, if it didn’t take your life or kids’s life, it should make your kids ineffective, as a result of some will command your fourth technology’s wealth and provides it to you and later your kids received’t obtain something, greater than what you left for them. Okeite could be very dangerous! Whereas doing this attraction, they are going to name on a really depraved spirit. They are going to solely invite very depraved evil spirits that received’t forgive you for those who fail your settlement,” a involved supply defined.

Many issues have been talked about as the rationale for the yearning for wealth by younger individuals. They embody the showy life-style of wealthy people, ostentatious show of wealth by music stars and even that of non secular leaders. Extra components embody: lyrics contained in music by some music idols, prosperity preaching by some non secular leaders and the assumption that God is an impossibility specialist who can do something, together with making one a millionaire in a single day, Nollywood movies the place such messages are consistently pushed, and the failure of parental management by most houses.

There have, nonetheless, been some arguments concerning the inexistence of cash rituals. Those that push these arguments imagine that harmless and unsuspecting youths are solely pushed into killings, whereas those that are into the enterprise unload the physique components and earn a dwelling from its gross sales whereas flying the kite of creating wealth by rituals.

Proprietor of Silverbird Group, and former Senator, Mr Ben Bruce is amongst those that imagine that ritual can not make anybody wealthy. In a tweet final week, Bruce stated: “Leaders of tomorrow now interact in unimaginable crimes simply to develop into millionaires in a single day. What has instantly gone fallacious with younger individuals who now imagine that rituals involving human blood will make them wealthy? So many Nigerians go lacking day by day, and whereas many are by no means discovered. Some are discovered lifeless with physique components lacking. We should work to cease this development. The narrative that poverty and unemployment get younger individuals into ritual killings should not be accepted.”

He stated: “I would like younger individuals to know that there isn’t any shortcut to being rich with out arduous work. Killing a human being for ritual functions is not going to make you wealthy in a single day. It’ll solely take you to hell.”

In the meantime, some Nigerians have began condemning the act. A Pentecostal church in Onitsha, Grace of God Mission Worldwide, led by Bishop Paul Nwachukwu final Sunday held a prayer rally involving all of the members of his church by the streets of Onitsha to protest cash ritual-related killings within the State and the nation at giant.

“Immediately is a really large and nice day. Grace of God youths held a rally all around the streets of Onitsha, declaring and making it loud and clear that ‘yahoo plus’, ‘mkpulummili’ (arduous medicine) and each type of cultism shall finish in Onitsha. We prayed in opposition to the spirit of wickedness and lawlessness, praying that the youths will begin to reside a life that can deliver glory to Christ. Honour their dad and mom and be a blessing to the society,” he stated.

Some individuals have advocated that recognized yahoo boys be put by critical flogging simply as was achieved with shoppers of methamphetamine, popularly referred to as mkpurummiri, as which may be the answer. Taking to his social media deal with, a consumer recognized as Uba Nwauba stated: “We flogged Mkpurummiri shoppers, and right this moment, they’ve all repented. Why can’t we begin flogging yahoo boys too? Is it as a result of they’ve cash and drive large vehicles?”

Already, as a solution to curtail the excesses of younger individuals into yahoo plus, a lot of greater establishments within the South East have began becoming a member of within the struggle, and taking measures to cease the development. In 2021, Adeyemi School of Schooling, Ondo State stopped college students from driving on the campus. In January 2022, authorities of Abia State College, Uturu, Abia State additionally stopped college students from taking their vehicles into the varsity compound. Additionally, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State has taken the identical step. DAILY POST gathered that this step turned vital in establishments of upper studying as college students, utilizing unique vehicles, and suspected to be yahoo boys now intimidate lecturers, and in addition distract different college students from their research, and have develop into position fashions to a lot of college students, who now flock after them, turning into distracted from their research.

The concern of the college authorities taking this step could also be to forestall college students toeing the road of Chuks, who deserted research in pursuit of illegitimate wealth. The concern too is that after these varieties of individuals develop into position fashions, the college surroundings could quickly be devoid of individuals searching for information, as all could be a part of within the quest for fast wealth.

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