Young promising Nigerian billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke has reportedly been arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for conspiracy to commit fraud amounting to 12 million US dollars according to media reports in Nigeria.
The Forbes under 30 billionaire and founder of Invictus Group is being charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to the Guardian.
Nigerian President’s head of digital communications Tolu Ogunlessi confirmed the reports through his post on twitter.
NEWS: The FBI is charging this young Nigerian ‘Entrepreneur’ with conspiracy to commit Computer Fraud & conspiracy to commit Wire Fraud. BEC stuff. Amount involved appears to be around ELEVEN MILLION US DOLLARS.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) August 16, 2019
Shortly afterwards, Nigerians took to Twitter to express their shock of the news of the arrest:
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.
Very sad day for everyone building with true sweat.
— Oluyomi Ojo (@OluyomiOjo) August 16, 2019
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
— The Dámilọ́lá Akínsànyà 🇳🇬 (@damiakinsanya) August 16, 2019
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 CFO can authorize millions of dollars in transfer have no endpoint security and transaction authorization security? pic.twitter.com/ELkvPYQZ5z
— Victor Asemota (@asemota) August 16, 2019
Some Nigerians have called out the alleged fraudulent activities of the entrepreneur, while others think the Nigerian security agencies need to learn from the FBI. But for now, the ball of the future of the businessman is in the FBI’s court.
Okeke has invested in real estate development, energy and construction. His company, Invictus Group, operates in three African countries, which include Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, legit.ng reports.
In May 2017, The African Brand Congress awarded the Invictus Group of Companies Ltd Africa’s Most Innovative Investment Company of the Year Award…
…And in October 2017, he was nominated for Africa’s most prestigious award for businessmen, The AABLAAwards, 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.
source: Africa News