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Yahoo boys: Family seeks justice over Alexander Uzoma’s death


The family of Alexander Uzoma has called for justice over the murder of their brother by some suspected internet fraudsters, better known as Yahoo-boys, in Abeokuta, Ogun State .

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said last week that operatives of the Ogun State Police Command arrested four young men, who claimed that they deposited the corpse of the 20-year-old Alexander on Kuto bridge in Abeokuta on November 20.

Oyeyemi revealed in a statement that the suspects said that Alexander, a 300-level student of the Imo State University, visited them to learn internet fraud, after which he took a substance called Colorado and died.

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However, the elder brothers of the student denied the statement, telling the police that their brother went out from home to see a friend and to watch a football match at a viewing centre around Adigbe, Abeokuta, being a Manchester United fan.

One of the siblings, Jude Uzoma, told newsmen that he could not fathom how the police came about telling the public that his brother went to see his friends.

“I was the one who wrote the statement when we got to Adigbe Police station. We did not tell them that he went to see any friend. We said he went to watch football. Where did the police get that information from?” Jude asked.

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He revealed how they visited Ibara, Obada, Lafenwa and about 15 police stations, including the state police headquarters, Eleweran, to search for the missing boy, whose phone he said kept ringing without an answer.

After several failed efforts to locate Alexander within two days, Jude said the Association of Imo Indigenes in Abeokuta was informed, noting that the effort of the association brought about the transfer of the case to the police headquarters.

Also, the immediate elder brother of the deceased, Augustine Uzoma, said the police had informed them that his late brother was in contact with one of the said Yahoo-boys, who called him on phone.

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“He was in contact with only one of them; we don’t know how the other three came into the picture. According to what the suspects told the police, they said he followed them to their house; they ate, took Colorado, slept and woke up around 8pm. When they woke up, they found out that he had vomited all over his body and died.”