Obinwanne Okeke: Reactions trail alleged arrest of Forbes under 30 Nigerian for $12m fraud

Obinwanne Okeke: Reactions trail alleged arrest of Forbes under 30 Nigerian for $12m fraud

- The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States has arrested a popular young Nigerian Obinwanne (Invictus Obi) Okeke over $12m fraud

- Nigerians have been reacting online to Okeke's arrest by the FBI, who issued an affidavit on how the suspect was investigated

- Okeke is a celebrated serial entrepreneur and listed on Forbes under 30 list

- Invictus Obi's arrest was a result of painstaking investigation by the law enforcement agency

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States has apprehended a Nigerian serial entrepreneur identified as Obinwanne (Invictus Obi) Okeke. gathers that Okeke, who was listed among Forbes 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2018, was arrested by the FBI over $12m fraud.

The FBI did a thorough investigation on the criminal activities of the Nigerian entrepreneur, which led to his arrest by the law enforcement agency.

Social media has been agog with the report of the arrest, as some Nigerians condemned the fraudulent act of the entrepreneur, while others called on the Nigerian security agencies to learn from the FBI.

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Okeke was alongside three others, nominated for the most prestigious award for African businessmen/entrepreneurs, the All African Business Leaders Award for Young Business Leader (West Africa).

Obi 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.

In his reaction to the arrest, the head of the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement, Tolu Ogunlesi, advised aspiring fraudsters to have a change of mind, saying if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) does not arrest them, the FBI will.

He tweetd: "If you’re a practicing or aspiring Yahoo Boy, please read this affidavit well. If EFCC doesn’t get you, FBI will. They’ve both ramped up their clampdown on computer and wire fraud."

Below are other reactions:

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos zonal office, arrested the proprietor of a Yahoo Yahoo training school in Lagos, Frank Chinedu.

Chinedu, 22, according to the anti-graft agency, was arrested alongside eight students of the unnamed training centre located at 14, Animashaun street, Progressive Estate, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, while receiving lectures in internet fraud activities.

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The suspected internet fraudsters were arrested under cover on May 22, 2019, following intelligence reports received by the commission about their involvement in alleged criminal activities. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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Tunde Ososanya Tunde Ososanya, a former senior editor, is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He's passionate about what he does and finds fulfilment in informing the people. Ososanya is the author of Later Tonight: a Collection of Short Stories.

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