Naija and 419 taxi cabs
Naija and 419 taxi cabs

With the way people go in search for money these days, a lot have resulted to duping others of their hard-earned cash. So many have fallen victims especially in the hands of 419 cabs… Most people don’t know how they operate, hence they fall for their stories, ranging from money doubling to sales of diamond etc.
There was a case recently of someone who got in a cab, actively participated in the discussion (whatever it was about)and ended up giving them over #200,000 at the end of the journey.

The thing is, they won’t stop, till their victim has been totally drained… One might even resort to borrowing money to meet up with their demands. With threats of death as a result of oath-taking(in some cases), their victims are so scared, that they tell no one what is happening, until a friend or family member notices it

Here is an encounter, as told by the involved party…

“It was one of those rainy days in Benin City, i stood in front of my house, with an umbrella waiting for a cab, a couple passed but were not going my way…. when i finally found one, i happily got in, there was a lady seated in front, and another guy at the back with me. As i got in, the driver was saying he didn’t have change and that hope we all had change for him, the lady in front realised she didn’t have change, and she came down from the cab.

So the driver drove on with myself and the guy seated behind. After driving for about 3 mins, the guy beside me started telling the driver to drop him o, that he didn’t have change, after grumbling, the driver finally parked….. after coming down, the guy started talking to the driver:

Guy: ‘oga please o, i be new person for this place, i come from agbor and i dey find Dr Ojo’
He brought out a piece of paper and gave to the driver, it contained the following – Dr Ojo, No 10, siluko rd Benin City.

Driver: i don’t know him o, but siluko road dey far from here o, why you dey find this man?

Guy: the Dr na bone doctor

Driver: where the person wen break leg, wen wan see the Dr?

Guy: no be say person break leg o, but *something* fall on top of person, and e come dey vomit blue diamond……………

Driver: *exclaims with so much sympathy* REALLY!!!!!! EEEYYYAAAAA……. oo oooo oo na dat Dr Ojo *something* wen dem dey advertise for tv with IYABIYE TAYESHE????

Guy: yes o……… oga
All this while i was in the cab, and it was still parked by the side of the road…. they were having their conversation o, wetin concern me, i kept quiet, waiting for them to finish, and then the driver turned to me and said:
‘you hear wetin e dey talk about so? About Blue diamonds??’

Noticing that they obviously wanted me in on their discussion, i just opened the door closest to me to get out of the cab, the driver started grumbling o………… ‘abeg abeg, pass the other door o, no let another car jam my door joor….. that’s how i came down o, the agbor guy got back in, and the driver drove off without a word……

No b only blue diamonds o, typical 419…..
We really need to be careful of getting involved in the conversations in cabs we enter these days o, as no more bikes in Benin, we have all been sentenced to taking cabs, please don’t let your greed lead you into the hands of the wrong set of people……… ”

God alone can save us from these people, but we also have a role to play, ~MIND YOUR BUSINESS whenever you get into a cab and notice the conversation is all about money.

A word they say, is enough for the wise.

By Haba Naija Admin

Temi Odurinde worked in domain name registration and web hosting industry for many years before becoming a web entrepreneur. He is passionate about web and mobile technologies. Temi contribute mainly to Haba Naija Internet and Technology sections. He has a BSc in Computing and Psychology, a postgraduate degree in Internet Technologies. Outside work, he love Oral Storytelling, long distance running and playing Volleyball.