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Hushpuppi and different puppies – The Nation Nigeria

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When you’ve got ever discovered it arduous to sleep due to nightmares crammed with enemies you can’t establish, crammed with all types of abuses, crammed with pleas for assist harkened to by no one and crammed with sweaty fingers and shaky legs, then you’ll perceive his dilemma. When he may not bear it, he advised his dotting mom who felt the way in which out was to hunt the face of God. Collectively, they headed for a Lagos suburb church to see a pastor. Earlier than praying for him, the pastor requested a query: “What’s your occupation?” Earlier than he may reply, the mom stated: “The occupation kids of these days do.” The pastor interpreted that to imply he was a Hip-hop musician, however it didn’t take lengthy earlier than he realised that the boy was a fraudster who had made many individuals cry by swindling them of their hard-earned cash.

Final 12 months, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, I encountered some intriguing characters on a bus. Some males of the anti-robbery squad had been operating after a boy suspected to be a fraudster recognized in native parlance as Yahoo boys. He escaped, however his colleague was not quick sufficient. Two male passengers within the bus began lamenting in favour of the boys. One in all them justified defrauding white folks on the premise that between colonial occasions and early 60s, our forefathers had been cheated and made to lose cash from cocoa gross sales. So far as this aged man was involved, Yahoo boys had been solely serving to to repatriate what our forefathers misplaced.

Earlier than I may get better from the shock, one other aged passenger made a name to somebody asking him to inform his son to watch out as a result of policemen had been after Yahoo boys. If the particular person was not a Yahoo boy, why would he be asking him to watch out of policemen?

I keep in mind the Osogbo and the Lagos occasions due to Ramon Olorunwa Abbas alias Hushpuppi. Till the regulation grabbed him by the neck, he was the toast of many musicians and celebrities. His trial began final week in Chicago after he was arrested with 11 others in six simultaneous raids carried out by the Dubai Police, and extradited to america for conspiracy to launder thousands and thousands of {dollars} from enterprise e mail compromise (BEC) frauds and different scams.

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Hushpuppi’s story is akin to that of a person who shot an arrow within the air and lined himself with a mortar to flee being hit. He advised us he was a social media influencer and displayed opulence in such a approach that Africa’s richest Aliko Dangote has not. The one who described himself because the billionaire Gucci grasp had 2.three million followers as of June 2020.

Hushpuppi forgot the rule that “when you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime”. His way of life had given the impression that the streets of Dubai and others in its class had been paved with free money. However, the truth is: You need to sweat it out to make ends meet. You need to earn each single kobo and when you have interaction in unlawful actions or break the regulation, even when innocently, you’ll face the music.

Like the 2 occasions associated have proven, Hushpuppi shouldn’t be the one one who has given or is giving Nigeria a nasty identify. He’s not the one one who has made our inexperienced passport a suspicious doc and an object of ridicule. Now we have many others I’ve chosen to deal with as puppies, who’re rubbishing the nation and its folks residence and overseas. Sadly, they’re within the minority however sadly seize the headlines.

Final 12 months, america launched a listing of 77 Nigerians concerned in scams. Earlier than then, it arrested a well-liked Nigerian youth, Invictus Obi, over quite a lot of scams. Lots of the indicted 77 have been nabbed within the U.S. and a few have been picked up in Nigeria with the help of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC). Like Hushpuppi, they could be extradited to the U.S. to face the music.

When Hushpuppi and his companions in crime had been nabbed, the police seized from them 13 luxurious vehicles price N2.640 billion. The gang, earlier than assembly the waterloo, had revamped 1.9 million folks cry by duping them of about N169 billion. Additionally discovered on them had been 21 laptops and 47 smartphones amongst others. They had been geniuses in hacking into the computer systems of their targets and transfer cash from one account to the opposite throughout the globe.

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The saddest a part of these puppies’ tales is that the proceeds of their fraud at all times find yourself on costly properties, designer garments, costly watches, luxurious vehicles, and constitution jets. In addition they waste cash on wine and ladies. They stay like tomorrow won’t ever come. To them, there isn’t any sense within the Biblical poser: What shall it revenue a person if he features the entire world however loses his soul?

The destiny of Hushpuppi and different puppies like Invictus won’t make others of their commerce be taught. The allures of getting garages beaming with Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Limousine, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62, and armoured Vary Rovers are irresistible for these dangerous eggs. They are going to proceed to fill their wardrobes with a whole bunch of pairs of footwear, designer wears and by no means repeat a bit of clothes or footwear. They simply wish to take pleasure in life as a lot as doable earlier than their hearts cease beating.

Conmen, for me, are usually not solely these puppies who reap the place they don’t sow. They actually transcend males who ask for loads of money to purchase chemical substances to clean supposed black currencies into crispy {dollars} and Pound Sterling.

There are conmen on the pulpits who name themselves males of God however they’re actually males of god; their god is small and his solely motivation is money obtained by deceit. What do you name a ‘man of God’ who, throughout a church service, brings out his cell phone and dials God? The confused man proceeds to ask ‘Is that heaven?’ He then begins to say all manners of nonsense and his excited congregants are in awe of him. They’re excited that, lastly, their woes are over. He then provides a clincher: “I’ll quickly launch God’s cellphone quantity.”

There’s additionally one other pet on the pulpit who as soon as engaged a demon in a shouting match. The demon he employed for his deceit appeared like a kind of actors in a badly-scripted Nollywood residence video. As anticipated, he defeated the boasting demon and declared the satan a liar when he’s really the liar and satan in human type.

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What about one other conman on the pulpit who virtually strangled a girl with a stiff neck. How on earth can somebody with a stiff neck be delivered by squeezing the life out of the ailing neck? She collapsed and after just a few seconds the ‘pastor’ carried out some abracadabra and the outdated girl jumped up shouting Hallelujah. She was healed. Similar to that!

I’ve heard the like of Hushpuppi blame the conmen in energy for pauperising the folks. This, to a big extent, can’t be faulted. However, that isn’t a justification for breaking into the account of individuals abroad, and on the finish of the day, all you do with it’s purchase vehicles, wine, homes and squander a lot on ladies. Why will we squander cash sufficient to present us hospitals of world-class customary and universities that may rival Harvard on frivolities? Is that this life actually price having in our vaults currencies operating into billions?

Amid all these evils wrought by the puppies of this clime, it’s heart-warming that for each Hushpuppi there are ten Ikenna Nweke who will return a lacking pockets with overseas foreign money even when nobody is watching them. Nweke, a doctorate pupil in a Japanese college, returned a misplaced pockets and turned down the supply of compensation. He projected honesty, integrity, and contentment, which the majority of Nigerians characterize.

Hushpuppi and different puppies can’t erase the data of Wole Soyinka, the late Chinua Achebe, Segun Odegbami and thousands and thousands of others.

My remaining take: There isn’t any justification for defrauding both white or black folks. No fraudulent particular person will go with out paying the worth. It’s even worse when the victims are Individuals. The FBI and Interpol will go to any extent to get you and after they do, will probably be too late for had-I-known.


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