Within the month of October, 2018, a younger man with dreadlocks who claimed to be overseas raised an alarm about web fraudsters doing rituals with the panties of women to spiritually empower them to get pleasure from straightforward windfalls from scams.’
In line with him, the panties had been offered on the black market from the value vary of N200,000 to N350,000 relying on how a lot residues/physique fluids they contained. Just a few folks took him severe. Netizens laughed about it within the remark part of the Instagram web page. A number of days later, the person’s revelation began gaining traction within the media. Studies of individuals stealing panties from washing strains began rising with confessions made by culprits largely within the face of jungle justice.
In December, the panties of a well-liked American video vixen and mannequin, Symba and that of her pal had been reportedly stolen on the Villa Thirty Three Resort in Lekki, Lagos State by one of many lodge cleaners. She raised the alarm on social media and instantly, the women received the message that the determined hunt for his or her panties was actual.
The web fraudsters who’re majorly younger males had been fingered within the diabolic act of depraved ritualism. In line with experiences, the implication of that is that the sufferer whose panties had been used for rituals would possibly fall sick, die mysteriously, run mad or be bewitched with ill-luck until her final day on earth.
The scenario appears worse in Delta State with gunmen allegedly robbing ladies of their underwear.
However how true are these tales? Hope they don’t seem to be certainly one of these periodic social media hoaxes which might be click on baits set by bloggers and on-line journalists hungry for site visitors?
Nigeria’s social media area and its penchant for pretend information
Nigerians have an unimpressive report of wilfully spreading pretend and odd information. A bit of the nation as soon as unfold rumours that there was a sinister plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress to islamize Nigeria and switch it into a rustic like Turkey. You can even bear in mind how rumours emanated from the South-East geo-political zone in 2017 that the Nigerian Military was utilizing a medical train to inject poison/monkeypox virus into the folks to depopulate the South-East towards the 2019 normal election.
We’ve additionally heard unfounded claims of individuals selecting monies on the bottom and turning into yam tubers or different objects that are simply stashed away however the culprits who planted it. What concerning the concern of ‘killer telephone quantity or telephone name’? An odd quantity calls your line and instantly you reply to the decision, you begin to vomit blood and die. One other shut one which was well-liked in Ibadan the place this reporter grew up is ‘manhood theft’. A stranger will accost you in public area to ask for course and the subsequent minute after your response, your manhood shrinks.
Simply of late, folks imagine there are piggy banks (kolo) which might be laced with juju. The cash saved in them will step by step disappear with out your information. All these and plenty of extra are unfold from mouth to mouth and on social media with folks taking it hook line and sinker with none empirical proof. However the second you attempt to confirm the report, the proponents really feel uneasy resulting from lack of substance and start to retrace their steps.
Because the story of a girl who vomited naira notes on the Effurun market space of Uvwie native authorities space of Warri, Delta State after her pant was allegedly stolen at her residence few weeks in the past pervaded the web area, worry gripped feminine people particularly those who discreetly promote their our bodies on the web. Carrying panties to the home of a person you don’t belief has develop into a excessive danger. Individuals turned vigilant concerning the younger males with unsubstantiated sources of wealth of their neighbourhoods additionally referred to as the ‘Benz or Nothing Boys’ on social media resulting from their affinity with unique Mercedes Benz vehicles.
Utilizing the panties of women isn’t a part of our line of commerce – Yahoo Boys
As this reporter loved the atmosphere of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on his means again to his home-city for the Yuletide, he thought concerning the panties rituals and was decided to get to the basis of the problem resulting from the truth that many of the journalists who’ve labored on the tales lack optimism of their reportage.
Yahoo Boys are usually not ghosts, they dwell round us. We grew up with a few of them. They share their rip-off escapades and proceeds at beer parlours, membership homes and social gatherings within the midst of like-minds. They’re very approachable so long as you aren’t a safety operative and the precept of confidentiality is assured. I received a few telephone numbers and began to arrange interviews with them on the craze of panties getting used for black magic. It was a really herculean job however humorous sufficient the Yahoo Boys I spoke with had been keen to speak. I even received referrals to different fraudsters for needed info.
To my biggest shock, the a number of seemingly established ‘hustlers’ as they name themselves claimed to have heard the rumours on social media. Most of them admitted that web fraud had taken a non secular dimension a very long time in the past however the concern of panties getting used on the detriment of the proprietor was misplaced.
“Your questions are very humorous; I haven’t heard such information of the pant ritual on the road (amongst pals). identical to you, I learn it on-line. I do know boys do juju in order that their magas (victims) may pay large money on time however the reported destiny of the victims is synonymous to pure blood cash” a suspected scammer of South-east descent who spoke below the situation of anonymity instructed this reporter.
Not happy, the reporter was in a position to arrange a gathering with one other younger man in his early thirties who’s within the illicit enterprise. He paraded one of many newest iPhones, Apple laptop computer, jewelleries. He spoke to this reporter with a wrap of weed on one hand, a mix of unknown alcoholic substance on the opposite with largely women consistently interrupting the transient interview with telephone calls. After being assured of his security a second time, he slowly began singing like a chicken.
“I can boldly inform you that many of the guys on the market are pure ritualists and never Yahoo Boys. They know nothing about this work. My previous pal who has no e-mail handle purchased a Maserati automotive value N60 million. I don’t know if you understand the automotive….he’s primarily based in South Africa. I’ve requested him to provide me ideas for work however his mind is empty. Individuals near him have instructed me that he solely makes use of his laptop computer for Fb. I believe pure blood cash as he isn’t doing medicine. He involves Nigeria periodically perhaps to resume his jazz (hoodoo). Individuals will suppose such a man is doing Yahoo however I doubt bro. That’s the issue we’re coping with” he mentioned.
When probed additional concerning the infusion of black magic with web rip-off, he admitted that voodoo performs an enormous position within the legal business.
“I nor match lie you, juju dey and other people dey use am wella. Most of those herbalists have a guide of spells they usually could make such charms to jinx white folks. The issue is that almost all of them are pretend. I’ve executed some up to now however they by no means labored for me. I nonetheless imagine in pure laborious work and I do know very profitable guys in Lagos who personal properties right here and there doing fraud with out juju” he added.
He additional defined that some herbalists use human skulls recovered from burial grounds, tongues of human beings, breasts and different elements to make potions. In line with his account, these supplies are grinded into energy to make soaps, drinks or meals for the scammer and a process is adopted to deliver good luck. He accused the “Benz Boy” of indulging in that stage of fraud to cater for his or her flamboyant existence.
This reporter additionally spoke with one other very rich younger man, an Osun State native in his mid thirties who shuttles between Nigeria and Malaysia. He’s fortunately married with two children. He owns a number of vehicles, landed properties and companies used as fronts for fraud. He abruptly denied having any information of the panties ritual.
“Web rip-off has been round in Nigeria for nearly 20 years now and the problem of panties of girls getting used for cash by no means got here up till not too long ago. What’s so particular concerning the panties of women? I’m in contact with guys and I’ve by no means met or heard of 1 utilizing the panties of women to draw goodwill. That’s pure blood cash and my thoughts tells me the politicians could be concerned. That is an election season and determined politicians want non secular powers to play soiled politics” he alleged.
This reporter got here shut to creating a breakthrough in assembly two victims of the panties wizardry when he spoke with one partly uncooperative hustler across the Ologuneru space of Ibadan who initially insulted the reporter. On being quizzed on the problem, he mocked the journalist through the phone interview.
“Man you dey mad oh!, which kain query be this one na? Who inform you say I dey press?” he requested amid laughter.
When the journalist defined the target of the investigation to him and the way he had spoken together with his colleagues with a lot progress made, he toned down his utterances.
“I’ve by no means seen any man utilizing the pants of women. Aside from what we learn on Instablog (Nigeria’s well-liked microblog on Instagram), nobody has ever knowledgeable me that it’s the brand new methodology of constructing money or that somebody he is aware of is concerned. The experiences are very unusual to us. Many of the guys doing such are into blood cash and never Yahoo Yahoo. I can guarantee you. Thats all I do know” he mentioned.
He later referred to as this reporter to inform him about two women whose panties had been reportedly used for rituals. In line with the rumours he heard, the younger women slept with the large boys for cash and ended up within the palms of the ritualists. He was instructed the women began falling sick afterward with their our bodies shrinking and oozing a foul odor. All efforts to talk with the purported victims failed as folks contacted had uneasily emotions concerning the reportage.
Youths now observe Ifa (West African faith and system of divination) for monetary advantages
The reporter additionally met a 25-year previous alumnus of the Ladoke Akintola College of Know-how, Ogbomoso. The varsity is famed for housing a few of the most infamous fraudsters within the South-western a part of the nation. Segun Quadri (not actual title) drives a Lexus 350 jeep; he has constructed his personal home and has invested in fish farming. He has a start-up that sells fish feed on a large-scale. He seems so harmless and nobody would ever suspect he’s into to web fraud. He additionally claimed ignorance concerning the panties voodoo.
“I don’t imagine any Yahoo Boy is utilizing the panties of any lady. It’s all pretend information. Many of the tales are laborious to show. The most important drawback is that most individuals at the moment are into money-making rituals. That isn’t web fraud. There are some rituals that you’ll do to prosper no matter you lay your palms on. On the conclusion of the non secular train, the native physician asks you to go begin any enterprise. Even when it means promoting peculiar slippers, you’ll develop into wealthy and well-known from that low cost enterprise” Segun narrated as he swung his automotive keys within the air as if he was coordinating a bunch of choristers in a church.
“Individuals in Lagos at the moment are ‘doing Ifa’, the method may be very deep and laborious to elucidate. It’s like becoming a member of a secret cult. Whenever you do, worshipping Ifa turns into your second faith. It doesn’t disturb the primary one. It’s like becoming a member of the illuminati. You simply should admit that you just now have a second god in your life” he added.
His narration reminded the reporter of 1 well-liked and tremendous wealthy suspected web fraudster named Femi on the Jericho space of Ibadan of Ibadan who was purportedly caught performing a ritual in the midst of the evening at a three-way junction. In line with experiences, he was wearing all-white garments. The suspect later admitted overtly that he’s an Ifa worshipper who has refused to align with Christianity or Islam.
The reporter requested him if these Ifa trustworthy he described are engaged in rituals within the class of what Femi did and he affirmatively mentioned no.
“You don’t should carry out such rituals besides you want sure powers. These Ifa trustworthy are given some fetish buildings they merely worship of their homes. Principally, they’re given a calabash containing different non secular supplies. You’ll pray on it and pour a amount of palm oil inside it as a part of the rites concerned. The palm oil is anticipated to dry up earlier than the day ends. This in flip brings good luck to the worshiper” he mentioned.
When requested about clues to figuring out members of the Ifa confraternity, he spoke additional;
“A few of these Ifa members solely put on white attire. Their vehicles are white, homes have the identical color and most of their belongings. They may inform you they’ve some form of obsession with that color however it’s not true. Most of them have forbidden meals supplies like fish, snail, pig, cow meat and others. Consuming these has develop into a taboo for them. Their wealth may stop in the event that they break the foundations” he emphatically said.
After having fun with Segun’s utmost cooperation, the reporter felt indebted and couldn’t summon braveness to ask him about his private involvement in black magic. Rumours have it that his early success might need come straight from the satan’s altar.
Persons are really utilizing the panties of girls for juju – native physician
A local physician who additionally spoke on the problem below the situation of anonymity resulting from its delicate nature claims the panties of feminine people are literally being utilized by unscrupulous components for rituals. In line with him, it’s a really potent supply of the Midas contact in life.
“The panties of girls are literally being utilized by Yahoo Boys. The panties work for various issues relying on the want of the individual in query. It’s able to unlocking the future of the ritualist. He stands a superb probability of being affluent in no matter he lays his palms on be it enterprise or web rip-off. I can’t misinform you, persons are certainly utilizing the underwear of girls for rituals” he mentioned.
Written by Osayimwen Osahon George.
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