Naira Marley’s songs and lifestyle influenced me’ – 18-year-old yahoo boy cybercrime suspect

Niger State Police Command on Wednesday paraded some suspected internet fraudsters. One of them, 18-year-old Moses Gabriel , said he was influenced by the lifestyle of a Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, OkNaija reports.

While the Niger State police command said that the cybercrime suspect is 18 years old, the suspect identified as Gabriel Moses insisted that he is not up to 18 years.

According to Moses, he said “I learnt hacking through video tutorials on YouTube; for many years I was at it.

The lifestyle of a popular Nigeria singer, Naira Marley, the way he spends money on his music video influenced me alot. Naira Marley talks about being a Yahoo boy (Internet fraudster). My addiction to internet started at the age of Eight,” Moses said.

“I’m sixty years old boy, from Kotangora Local Government Area of Niger State. I finished my primary school from the Nationwide Academy in Kotangora. Today, I was arrested for hacking into someone’s bank account.

“I do generate softwares like IP protocol with my mobile phone, Angry IP scan, and I use them to hack into people account” he added.

Pleading for mercy when paraded by the police before newsmen, Moses said he can channel his knowledge to legal ventures but has no one to support him.

He further said “I regret my actions. I pray the police will pardon me so that I can use my skills in other to work for the people. I can use my ideas to legal ventures but the problem has always been that nobody support one to use his talent to do legal things in this country.

For instance, some bad friends will push you to do so because they know you are making money. My ambition as a good citizen in this country is to work hard to become a member of the Department of Security Service's.”

Asking on how he was able to conceal what he does from his parents, the suspect said he hides under the house of his everyday job which is Computer work.

He said “I hide under the cover of my everyday job; I’m into Computer works. My parents has never suspect my hacking activities,”.

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Talking about how he was able to hack into the bank account of one Blessing Tanko to withdraw
N197,000, Moses said;

"Once you can get the telephone number and full name you will formulate it. Normally, I start by getting your phone number, then your names, I don't need your Bank Verification Number (BVN) to get access to your account."

OkNaija reported that Niger  state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Musa Malau said Moses was arrested on August 29, 2019 around the Boy's Base  Kontangora for cybercrime.

“The 18 years old boy is under investigation with a view to charging him to court. In line with the Inspector General of Police
mission of  Operation (Catch Them) meant to reclaim the public space from Internet Fraudsters, the Niger State Police Command is
determined to ensure that Niger State remains peaceful.”