A news was posted, by Peoples Gazzette, saying that Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), has warned hotel owners, who allow Yahoo boys to check into their facilities, that they risk being prosecuted and in fact, being jailed
I believe, the purpose of this is to tackle the rate of cyber crime, being done by these people, called Yahoo boys. Well, to me, I think this won’t be very effective in tackling the crime rate, and it might even bring about some negative effects. It is good to strategize in tackling cyber crime, but, if it is not done well, it will only lead to more damages.
The Special Anti-Roberry Squad (Sars), used to be the ones who go after these Yahoo boys, mostly, but, it is because they abused their power, and used the wrong strategy, people had to protest for their ban. And it’s majorly because of one thing, arresting of innocent people, or even killing innocent people, all in the name of reducing the rate of cyber crime.
So, how will EFCC carry out this new operation of theirs, without punishing innocent people?
As a hotel owner, are they supposed to also have the power to detect or investigate their customers, and know who is a fraudster or not?
Or will they ask them the job their doing, before they check in?
How exactly are the hoteliers supposed to know who is a Yahoo boy and who is not?
These are the questions they are supposed to ask and consider, if they really want to start arresting hoteliers. As long as the people are not breaking any rule, which is physical to the hotel staffs, they will always check them in. They should not be punished, because, they unknowingly allowed fraudsters into their hotels.
Will they also burn down churches attended by fraudsters, or close down the schools, where some students are fraudsters?
The EFCC need to think it through, before they start this operation. Yes, the plan is good, but, the strategy is not really smooth, and will be flawed in the long run. Nobody will walk into a hotel and announce that they are a fraudster, or tell the hotel staffs that they are Yahoo boys. So, I don’t think this strategy will really be effective in tackling cyber crime.