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FBI Arrests Forbes Under 30 Nigerian Billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke For $12m Fraud

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A Forbes-rated young Nigerian billionaire and CEO of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke has been arrested by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a $12 million (N4.3bn) fraud.

He was arrested last week on the last day of his trip to the United States for allegedly defrauding top American companies of huge sums.

Notably, he allegedly scammed $12m from a steel company by hacking into an executive’s office365 account and sending an email with a fake invoice to the purchase department.

His arrest came after Special Agent Marshall Ward of the FBI and the team he heads opened up an investigation in July 2018, following a petition by Unatrac Holding Limited.

The charge sheet reads in part “In June 2018, Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and farm equipment, headquartered in the United Kingdom, contacted the FBI. They reported that Unatrac had been victimised through an email compromise, which ultimately resulted in fraudulent wire transfers totalling nearly 11million US Dollars. After reviewing the documentation provided by the representatives, the FBI opened an investigation in July 2018.

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“The FBI discovered that after capturing the legitimate credentials of Unatrac’s Chief Financial Officer, the accused was able to log in and access the CFO’s entire Office365 account, which included all of his emails and various digital files, the logs indicated that between April 6 and April 20, 2018, the intruder accessed the CFO’s account 464 times, mostly from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from Nigeria.

“With full access to the account, the intruder sent fraudulent wire transfer requests from the CFO’s email account to members of Unatrac’s internal financial team. The intruder also attached fake invoices to the emails to enhance the credibility of the requests,” the investigator stated. The investigation, painstaking and far-reaching, lasted more than a year during which Obinwanne emerged as the principal culprit and has since been arrested while on his regular visit to the United States.”

Before his arrest, Obinwanne Okeke was a celebrated businessman who had a ‘grass to grace’ story on Forbes. The arrested suspect is said to be the 17th child of a polygamous father who died when he was 16, and he reportedly moved from one relative to another before moving Australia where he “did all kinds of jobs just to survive.” He became a viral sensation after he got featured in ‘Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30’ list

It is not clear how he made the list of Forbes’ 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2018, it should however be noted that he founded the Invictus Group of Companies, an investment conglomerate dealing in construction, agriculture, oil and gas, renewable energy, telecoms, and real estate.

Invictus Group operates in three African countries, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia. His company was named as Africa’s Most Innovative Investment Company of the Year by African Brand Congress in 2017.

Obi recently got married, had a baby last month and got listed among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2018 alongside Davido, Falz, Ahmed Musa. He was also nominated for the All African Business Leaders Award for Young Business Leader (West Africa) in 2018. The AABLA Award is the most prestigious award for African businessmen/entrepreneurs.

The young Nigerian who accepted an offer to be a Contributor for Forbes Magazine and published his first essay in May 2017, has however been arrested by the FBI for allegedly being a fraudster which is popularly known as ‘yahoo-yahoo’.

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 tweeted: “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.”

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‘Northern Women Are Mixing Maggi And Coke To Get High’

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A Nigerian man has claimed that northern women are mixing Maggi – a cooking seasoning and Coke – a soft drink, in a bid to get high.

The Nigerian government has been making moves to reduce the rate of drug abuse in the country, and it seem the abusers have found another way to get themselves high.

Taking to Twitter, @KoloKennethK, wrote that women in the northern region of the country are getting high on the cooking seasoning and soft drink with just N120.

See what he wrote below;

Wow. I just learnt something today. Arewa women are getting high on ₦20 Maggi dissolved in ₦100 coke (in plastic bottle).

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With ₦120, they get the same feeling tramadol or cough syrup gives.

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NSCDC Uncovers Indian Hemp Farm In A School Compound in Anambra

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An Indian hemp farm located inside a school compound in Anambra State has been uncovered by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

45-year-old man Amobi Okafor, said to be the owner of the farm inside Lake City Secondary School in Nri community of Anaocha Local Government Area was initially arrested for allegedly macheting a security guard in the school during an altercation before the discovery was made.

Commandant of the NSCDC in Anambra, Mr David Bille said, “It would be recalled that on the 13/02/2020 following credible intelligence report, operatives of NSCDC arrested one Amobi Okafor ‘m’ aged 45 from Uruofo village, Nri, Anaocha LGA Anambra State.

“The suspect was arrested at about 12:00 hrs for allegedly attacking, macheting and injuring one Mathias Ajoagu (security guard at Lake City Secondary School) m’ aged 71 years.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and took the NSCDC operatives to the location, behind Lake City Secondary School, where he grows cannabis on a yearly basis.

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“Exhibits recovered from him include machet, fresh leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa(indian hemp) and other incriminating items.”

Billie further disclosed that Amobi will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to face the law and to serve as a deterrent to others, after an investigation into how he came about cultivating the illegal substance in the compound.

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“If I Pass On, My Murderer Is The Man I’m Married To” — Lady Writes

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A Nigerian caterer shocked her friends when she took to Facebook to accuse her husband, Gbadebo of domestic violence.

Oluwabusayo Reuben wrote on Facebook:

“I think it’s high time the whole world knows this just incase I pass on, so ya’ll can know my murderer. It’s the man I’m married to.
He’s violent and he abuses me, beats me up over the slightest provocation, I’m done in this marriage, the whole world got yo know this!!!!!

“Tonight, as I came out of the bathroom, he hit my head on the wall, punched my face, my neck, almost snapped my neck all because I didn’t give him money.

“Every one is aware, both families are aware, the whole world got to know this, I cant take this anymore.

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She added: “This is the last straw, I’ve been enduring this for over 5 years.”

Friends were shocked and expressed it on Facebook. One mentioned that her husband seems “cool” but that she should stay away from him until she notices a real change. Another said, “I thought you were happy?”

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