Velma Foundation, an NGO, says plans are underway to rehabilitate more than 20 internet fraudsters, otherwise known as yahoo boys.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, Mr David Ashaolu, the director of the group said that the plan would be actualised through the Velma Action to Reduce Cybercrimes (VELMA-ARC).
Ashaolu said VELMA-ARC was a social integration programme for the rehabilitation of cybercriminals.
According to him, those to be rehabilitated are those who had voluntarily submitted themselves for that.
“Velma-ARC targets individuals engaged in cybercrime activities who volunteer to desist from such activities and provide their expertise towards fighting cybercrimes in Nigeria.
“Many vibrant and tech-savvy youths caught in this web of cybercrime have expressed a desire to disengage and there is need for a strategic approach to ensure maximum impact.”
He added that
the project would simultaneously address a combination of twin vices: youth unemployment and crime.
“Participants will acquire skill enhancements so that they can be gainfully employed and be further monitored for a period of six months to ensure complete rehabilitation.”
The director said the initiative was borne out of a need to change the bad impression cybercrime had given Nigeria globally.
“The scourge of cybercrimes has diminished our reputation in the international community.