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US Court Sentences Invictus Obi To 10-Year Imprisonment.



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.

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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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Breaking News: Uche Obguagu, 5 other Imo Assembly Members suspended.



Few minutes ago, the member representing Ikeduru State Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Amb Uche Ogbuagu among other five House Members were suspended by the leadership of the House.

Lead Express gathered that the House Members after emergency sitting resolved to suspend the House members.

At the time of filing this report, this paper had not learnt the reasons behind the sudden suspension.

The six House Members suspended were; Hon.Uche Ogbuagu, Hon. Philip Ejiogu, Hon. Kennedy Ibeh, Hon Dominic Ezerioha, Hon Crown Onyemaechi.

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BREAKING: Army renames Operation Lafiya Dole in North-East



The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, has approved the renaming of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North-East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai, the Nigerian Army has said.

This was contained in statement on Friday signed by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.

The statement was titled, ‘Nigerian Army Renames Operation In The North East, Seeks Inclusiveness’.

It read, “The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.

“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.

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“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.

“The renaming is in line with the COAS Vision of having ‘A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment’.

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BREAKING: Five dead as gunmen set ablaze Imo police area command



Tension heightened in Imo State, on Monday, as unknown gunmen razed the Okigwe South Police Area Command situated in Orieagu in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

A police officer at the headquarters, who spoke to our correspondent in the evening, said that on arrival, the gunmen opened fire on the cops who challenged them.

It was learnt that the invaders freed all the suspects in the cells and carted away arms.

The source said that no fewer than five policemen were shot dead by the attackers as they torch the security facility.

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The source said, “Our area command headquarters in Okigwe south is on fire. Six policemen shot dead. They also freed the suspects before igniting a fire on the facility.”

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that five policemen were killed while one was missing during the attack.

He disclosed that the command had launched an investigation into the onslaught.

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