An American court has sentenced Obinwanne Okeke, well known as Invictus Obi, to a 10-year jail term for fraud.
Okeke, who was arrested for computer and wire fraud, had pleaded guilty to a charge on $11 million illegal deal he was part of in between 2015 and 2019.
After passing the judgement, the US attorney for the Eastern district of Virginia, Raj Parekh, said: “Through subterfuge and impersonation, Obinwanne Okeke engaged in a multi-year global business email and computer hacking scheme that led to a staggering $11 million in losses to his victims.
“Today’s sentence further demonstrates EDVA’s and FBI’s worldwide reach in vigorously pursuing justice on behalf of American victims and others and holding international cybercriminals accountable, not minding where they commit their crimes.”
Obi was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Dulles International Airport while attempting to leave the United States in 2019.
He appeared before a court in the eastern district of Virginia, admitting that he was involved in computer-based fraud between 2015 and 2019.
The 33-year-old, who is also a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 honoree, is the founder of the Invictus Group of companies.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he holds a degree in International Studies and Forensic Criminology and Masters of International Relations and Counter-Terrorism Studies from the Monash University in Australia.
Another public Nigerian figure whose case is similar to that of Invictus Obi is Ramoni Igbalode popularly known as Hushpuppi.
In 2020, the International Police (Interpol) and the FBI arrested Hushpuppi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over high-level fraud, money laundering and cyber-crimes.
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.
The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.
Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.
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Their president, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, told The PUNCH on Saturday.
He said, “We suspended the strike about one hour ago. We are responsible to Nigerians, the government has acceded to some demands.”
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BREAKING: Gunmen raze another Imo police station
Gunmen on Tuesday razed the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State.
This development came just a day after unknown gunmen attacked Owerri Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters, freeing 1,884 inmates and razing over 50 vehicles.
Tuesday’s attack came few hours after the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, the just sacked Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and other Government functionaries visited the state to inspect the level of damage on the attacked security facilities.
On arrival, the gunmen freed all the suspects in detention before setting the Police Divisional headquarters ablaze.
Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen operated without any resistance from policemen.
A source said, “Gunmen this evening razed Ehime Mbano LGA police divisional headquarters. On arrival, the gunmen freed the suspects before wrecking the havoc.”
A police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that he could not confirm the development when he was contacted by our correspondent on Tuesday evening.
But a senior police officer who does not want his name in print said that the Command’s hierarchy was saddened by the latest development.
The PUNCH reports that gunmen had between February and March razed Obowo, Abo Mbaise, Ihitte/ Uboma and Isiala Mbano Divisional Police Headquarters, killings three cops and injuring others.
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