The Nigeria Police Force has said that the stealing of pants by internet fraudsters, popularly known as “Yahoo Boys” for money rituals cannot be investigated because there is no evidence.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who was responding to questions on ritual practices and ‘get rich quick’ schemes, said this on a live television programme on NTA, ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, on Friday.
He said, “Stealing of underwear for whatsoever reason is a recent phenomenon, before now, we had cases of rituals killings but we can’t investigate things that are not empirically verifiable except when there is convergence of the act like cases of murder or an attempt or related crimes.”
The police spokesperson advised youths against drug abuse, adding that substance abuse fuels crime.
He added, “Drug and substance abuses are strong conscience suppressors that influence our youth into these wicked acts of fetish and ritual killings for get-rich-quick. While we’ll continue to fight the menace of drug abuse head-on, we want our youths to desist or be ready to bear the consequences
“We don’t investigate divinations or morality except related acts that constitute a criminal offence. Apart from factors like unemployment etc what we have on home videos, TV programs and messages being sent out.”
The residents of the area reportedly saw the man picking and putting the underwear in his bag.
It was gathered that they approached him, and demanded to know the content of what he was carrying.
But the alleged underwear thief threatened to deal with the people for insulting him, but unmoved by his threat, some youths forced the man to open the bag.