The arrest of the Chief Executive Officer of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke, who in 2016 made it into Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has stirred controversy in the media space.
As reported on Nairametrics, Okeke was arrested by the FBI over $11 million wire fraud after an Office365 account belonging to a steel company’s CEO was hacked. The suspect was said to have conspired with several individuals to access the CEO’s computers without authorization.
According to an Affidavit seen, Marshall Ward, a Special Agent of FBI, said Okeke’s intention, alongside other conspirators, was to initiate a fraudulent transfer of funds. Ward stated that Okeke should be charged for conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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The controversy: Following Okeke’s arrest, thousands of twitter users have taken to the social media space to express their disappointment in Forbes, and at the same time, knock Okeke for the global disgrace he has caused other Nigerians.
See reactions below –
— 🔯 OTUNBA LAMBA 🕉️ (@Elhay16) August 17, 2019
— Ayodeji (@datmastermind80) August 17, 2019
— OLa of Lagos 😎 (@dan_olaoluwa) August 17, 2019
— 👑 DaddyMo 👑 (@therealdaddymo1) August 17, 2019
— Gaji Jnr || Your Favourite Bitcoin Dealer (@AhmadGaji5) August 17, 2019
The backstory: It was learnt that the FBI was contacted by the representatives of Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and firm equipment, last year after they experienced a fraudulent wire transfer of $11 million through an email compromise.