Yahoo Boys’ money rituals: Female undergraduates shun pants


The passage from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, “Since men have learned to shoot without missing, birds learned to fly without perching”, holds true of the prevailing situation around campuses of tertiary institutions in Delta State where female undergraduates are jettisoning their underwear following the activities of internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys who are said to use it for money ritual.

Punch reports that used underwear of girls and women, particularly between the ages of 14 and 35, are in hot demand by the ritualists, claiming it gathered from some students at Asaba campus of the Delta State University, that it sells for as much as N350,000, with price of one with body fluids higher.

The report said, that many ladies in the affected areas in Delta have been devising ways to safeguard themselves against danger, among which was doing without their underwear.

“We heard that last week, on Anwai Road, at around 8pm, two men forcibly collected a young lady’s pants. As I speak to you, we have not seen the lady since then to know the effect it will have on her. Though, unlike my friends who have stopped wearing pants, I still do, but we have been advised to stop hanging our pants on washing lines outside,” the paper quoted a female undergraduate of one of the institutions in the area as saying.

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