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FBI alleged arrest of young Nigerian billionaire sparks online reactions

FBI alleged arrest of young Nigerian billionaire sparks online reactions

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<p>By Fridah Mlemwa</p> <p><strong>Young promising Nigerian billionaire Obinwanne Okeke has allegedly been arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (<span class="caps">FBI</span>) for conspiracy to commit fraud amount to 12 million US dollars according to local media reports.</strong></p> <p>The Forbes under 30 millionaire and founder of Invictus Group is being charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud according to local news portal <a href="https://guardian.ng/life/obinwanne-okeke-from-forbes-30-under-30-list-to-fbis-radar/">The Guardian</a> He is being held for allegedly hacking into a steel company in the US, stealing a whopping $12 million of the company’s money.</p> <p>Nigerian President’s head of digital communications Tolu Ogunlessi confirmed the reports through his post on twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My jaws are on the ground after reading that <span class="caps">DOJ</span> Affidavit. Crazy. Social Media played a significant role in the investigations (Twitter, Instagram, Nairaland) – really intriguing stuff. Talk about an unwitting digital footprint. (First 4 pages of <span class="caps">DOJ</span> affidavit below) <a href="https://t.co/O4I4jcoPND">pic.twitter.com/O4I4jcoPND</a></p>— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) <a href="https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/1162420237003886599?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Nigerians took to social media to express their shock of the news of the arrest.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just settling to read this Invictus story. The sad thing about this is that no matter the credibility you’ve built as a Nigerian entrepreneur, the world now has a reason to doubt you. <br /> <br /> Very sad day for everyone building with true sweat.</p>— Oluyomi Ojo (@OluyomiOjo) <a href="https://twitter.com/OluyomiOjo/status/1162446740252966913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The story of Invictus Obi and Samson Siasia is a message to the Nigeria Police that not only young men with dreads and tattoos commit crimes. People do Yahoo Yahoo with suit & tie too</p>— The Dámilọ́lá Akínsànyà 🇳🇬 (@damiakinsanya) <a href="https://twitter.com/damiakinsanya/status/1162448261317300224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This Invictus Obi affidavit shows what I have always been saying that Nigerian 419 fraudsters are basic. Their victims are also basic too. How can a company where <span class="caps">CFO</span> can authorize millions of dollars in transfer have no endpoint security and transaction authorization security? <a href="https://t.co/ELkvPYQZ5z">pic.twitter.com/ELkvPYQZ5z</a></p>— Victor Asemota (@asemota) <a href="https://twitter.com/asemota/status/1162455903368613888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No matter how bad Invictus Obi's fraud is, it isn't remotely near what Bernie Madoff or Elizabeth Holmes managed to pull off.<br /> <br /> And no, we are not the worst people on earth.<br /> <br /> That doesn't mean we are angels.</p>— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) <a href="https://twitter.com/cchukudebelu/status/1162544648780427270?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Some Nigerians have called out the alleged fraudulent act of the entrepreneur, while others think the Nigerian security agencies to learn from the <span class="caps">FBI</span>. But for now, the ball of the future of the business man is in the <span class="caps">FBI</span>’s court.</p> <p>Okeke has investment in real estate development, energy and construction. His company, Invictus Group, operates in three African countries, which include Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, says another portal <a href="https://www.legit.ng/1254752-invictus-obi-fbi-arrests-forbes-30-nigerian-obinwanne-12m-fraud-nigerians-react.html">Legit</a></p> <p>In May 2017, The African Brand Congress awarded the Invictus Group of Companies Ltd the Africa’s Most Innovative Investment Company of the Year 2017 Award. And in October 2017.</p> <p>He was nominated for Africa’s most prestigious award for businessmen, The <span class="caps">AABLA</span> Awards, in the category of Young African Business Leader (West Africa). Okeke is a regular contributor to the Forbes Africa Magazine where he shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship and investment in Africa; <a href="https://guardian.ng/news/nigerian-investment-expert-to-speak-at-lse-africa-summit-in-london/amp/">The Guardian further reported</a></p>
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