Despite their shady criminal business, Yahoo boys are not known to be quiet nor hidden with their ill gotten wealth. They drive the most expensive and slick cars that costs millions of naira and live flamboyant lifestyles. Simply put, yahoo boys are loud and show off using cars. This conspicuous lifestyles of theirs has drawn the attention of both local and international security agencies on them.
Especially in Nigeria, the rise in internet financial crimes have prompted an in increase in the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-corruption body has stepped up its investigations and intelligence gathering methods in order to apprehend suspects and curtail the rising menace.
These arrests have led to the discovery and recovery of exotic cars of all brands and types in the possession of yahoo boys.
So, today, Naijauto.com brings you this article exposing the common cars driven by Nigerian yahoo boys.
1. Yahoo boys' cars recovered by EFCC
On the 22nd of May, 2019, the EFCC arrested 22 suspected yahoo fraudsters in Delta State after receiving an intelligence report from its operatives. Among the cars recovered were Benz C350, Benz ML 350 and Chrysler 300.
Akpojividi Joel Onoriede, a popular Calabra-based yahoo boy was recently arrested by the EFCC in May 2019. This suspect is an infamous internet fraudster and was found to be in possession of exotic cars and luxury vehicles such as ZDX Acura car, Mercedes-Benz E 300 and a Range Rover SUV.
Popular Calabar Yahoo boy, Akpojividi Onoriede, seized with exotic cars by EFCC
Popular yahoo boy Tomilola’s house was raided by the EFCC after a tip off and five luxurious cars were found in his compound. The cars found in his home includes two Bugattis, Mercedes Benz GLK, Another Mercedes-Benz and a luxury Porsche car.
Chimezie Ezeife and six others were also arrested during the raid. A Toyota Camry, a Mercedes Benz C300 and a Lexus 350 were recovered from the suspect.
Another set of suspects were arrested at a hotel in Uromi after a tip-off on the three luxury cars, the Lexus R330, Mercedes Benz C300 4 Matic and Mercedes Benz GLK 350 4Matic were also recovered from them.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), South-East Zonal Office, on Wednesday 2nd May 2019, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The anti-graft agency recovered 25 cars including several brands including Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Toyota, etc.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos office on November 27th, seized up to 29 exotic cars during a raid on a Lagos-based car dealership, Astrax Auto Shop.
The cars recovered from the office include: one Kia car, one Toyota Sequoia, four Honda Accords, one Toyota Sienna, one Toyota 4runner, three Mercedes-Benzes, one Ford, two Range Rovers, two Toyota Venzas, two Toyota Highlanders, seven Toyota Camry, and four Toyota Corollas.
Cross section ofarrested yahoo boys and their cars seized by the EFCC
Hope Olusegun was arrested at 1004 housing estate, Victoria Island and three exotic cars Mercedes-Benz, one 4matic SUV and a Range Rover Sport SUV.
The Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) also arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu. Recovered items include Toyota Avenza, a Lexus car, Toyota Hilux, Toyota avalon, Mercedes Benz E350-4Matic, Toyota Camry XLE and Mercedes Benz GLE 450.
Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are cars that are in vogue. This is even more relevant for the fraudster demographic, as they tend to like keeping up with trends. Yahoo boys love to impress and oppress.These new vehicles are a typical example of when technology meets class.
2. Common cars driven by Nigerian Yahoo boys
These are the most common cars driven by Nigerian yahoo boys:
If they’re not posing in a N30 million Benz or Range, they’re pictured either posing with huge bundles of cash and wearing diamond-studded Rolexes with N500,000 bottles of Ace at Quilox.
Badmus Akeem, a.k.a baddy Osha, is a Lagos big boy and a popular yahoo boy suspect. He drives a Mercedes-Benz Convertible Coupe that is an epitome of luxury.
By evaluating the cost of acquisition and maintenance of these vehicles, one will begin to understand why it is unfeasible for a starting entrepreneur, a university student or a dropout to purchase it legally.
Flamboyant Dubai-based Nigerian big boy, Hushpuppi, acquired a new 2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650 which worth $198,700 (N71m). Hushpuppi who confirmed it in his Instagram post, wrote: "Bought myself that S650 Maybach." Recall that Hushpuppi bought himself Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Wraith few months ago.
Generally, Mercedes-Benz is the dream car of every yahoo boy. However, the mystery behind yahoo boys and Mercedes-Benz is still unraveled. Most want their BENZ cars like E300, ML320, GLE 450.
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Mercedes Benz cars seized from yahoo boys
G-Wagon are common cars driven by Nigerian yahoo boys. However, one can only suspect that Mercedes-Benz is preferred amongst yahoo boys because of its durability and some known fanciful features like moon roof, power-adjustable front seats, power-tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel (to make navigation easy) proximity key, automatic climate control.
For now, we can only assert that Mercedes Benz is the official car of Nigerian yahoo boys.
Toyota can be described as a brand made especially for Nigerians. This is due to its strong build and how well it can storm the Nigerian weather of bad roads.
Also, the Toyota brand appears to be one amongst common cars driven by Nigerian yahoo boys.
Toyota is loved among yahoo boys for its practibility
The Toyota Camry and Corolla S feature at the top of the list of cars loved by yahoo boys. It could be the comfort, ease of maintenance or affordability that makes the brand so appealing to them.
Additionally, because yahoo boys love to move around in groups, the Toyota Camry Big Daddy is preferred for its large space as it tends to accommodate more people. Its dashboard and interior appears very simple and hence is used by the not too loud yahoo boys to mask their identity.
The Toyota Camry Muscle is another car driven by yahoo boys, you will find this car attractive when tinted and many try to hide their identity under the tint. The Toyota Corolla is the second best-selling car in Nigeria. Toyota Corolla is mostly known for its durability. It can easily go over 100,000 miles without needing any major repair.
Amongst the Toyota family is the Toyota Venza. This car is not neglected by Nigerian yahoo boys; most of the older boys drive them and use them to get around town on low key.
Not left behind in the list of popular cars owned by yahoo boys is the Toyota Lexus. On average, Lexus cars are loved amongst Nigerians. However; yahoo boys aren’t left behind in sharing this love. They drive models like the Lexus ES300, ES330, ES350, RX350 and GX470. The sleek appearances of these cars make them a loveable option.
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This brand appears to be for the hit yahoo boys. The Range Rover Sport is more common amongst cars owned by yahoo boys.
Yahoo boys park their fancy cars in front of their ghetto house!
However, some favor the Range Rover Evoque more. Features like: many luxury amenities, the exquisite styling, the admirable off-road capabilities, and steady performance in any situation makes it a likeable car for yahoo boys who love luxury life.
That brings our list of common cars driven by Nigerian yahoo boys to an end.