Forbes Africa Under 30 entrepreneur Obinwanne Okeke has been arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over alleged $12m fraud.
The celebrated Nigerian millionaire and founder of Invictus Group is being charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
JiveNaija.com gathers that the young promising businessman, popularly called Invictus Obi, was allegedly apprehended during a visit to the United States.
Nigeria’s head of the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement, Tolu Ogunlesi, confirmed the report through a post on Twitter:
My jaws are on the ground after reading that DOJ Affidavit. Crazy. Social Media played a significant role in the investigations (Twitter, Instagram, Nairaland) – really intriguing stuff. Talk about an unwitting digital footprint. (First 4 pages of DOJ affidavit below) pic.twitter.com/O4I4jcoPND
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) August 16, 2019
Obi was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016, and 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2018.
In May 2017, the African Brand Congress awarded his company Africa’s Most Innovative Investment Company of the Year 2017 Award.
Additionally, in October 2017, the Nigerian entrepreneur was nominated for the most prestigious award for African businessmen, the All African Business Leaders Award (AABLA), in the category of Young African Business Leader (West Africa).
The report has sparked conversation in Nigerian as people have taken to social media to express shock over the arrest.
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
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
No matter how bad Invictus Obi's fraud is, it isn't remotely near what Bernie Madoff or Elizabeth Holmes managed to pull off.
And no, we are not the worst people on earth.
That doesn't mean we are angels.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) August 17, 2019