Nigerians React To Obinwanne “InvictusObi” Okeke’s Arrest Warrant
It’s one thing to be on Forbes….okay, we take that back. It is a huge feat to appear on Forbes 30 under 30. Described by Washington Post as “millennial-focused programming to the magazine’s many influential consumers” and with an app and a Summit to go with it, the Forbes 30 under 30 needs no introduction.
However, Forbes, trusted by people around the world, has come under attack after publishing the story of 28-year-old Nigerian Businessman, Obinwanne Okeke, the CEO of Invictus Group, an under 30 billionaire in naira who, it turns out, got his money through fraud or as Nigerians prefer to call to, yahoo plus.
An investigation conducted by the FBI reveals that he perpetrated an $11 million wire fraud, which was executed by hacking into a steel company’s CEO’s Office365 account, between 2016 and 2018. Interestingly, he was listed under Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016 and Forbes 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2018.
Nigerians have since been reacting to the news:
When they say all that glitters is not gold, it is for a reason. This guy has made world headlines including that of Forbes as a very hardworking young millionaire. But FBI just found out he is a big time fraud. 11 million dollar fraud is what he has been nabbed for. pic.twitter.com/48tqNEXSSZ
— Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@MrAbuSidiq) August 16, 2019
“you are a Yahoo boy and Forbes called you, won't you tell them you're not on seat?” – Nigerian Elder
— Victor Asemota (@asemota) August 16, 2019
When I saw his name on Forbes list of young billionaires I was proud and inspired and thought to myself "another person to follow". Only to discover now that he is a fraudster ? This is so disappointing and backstabbing. 👇 pic.twitter.com/ysqjHfR9II
— Pitah (@PeteOdiase) August 17, 2019
@OlaseniOladejo said, "I hardly admire people that I can't trace their career or business process and growth. All the people I look up to, I can clearly point out how they started and the path that took them to their present place. If I don't know the story, I don't admire."
— Bren🦅 (@MomentsWithBren) August 16, 2019
This @invictusobi guy that was on Forbes was a common fraudster. When I chill with boys & I can not clearly tell a source of income from one coherent sentence I immediately keep a distance.
I recommend 40 years in prison. For trying to mess it up for the rest of us. #SayNoTo419
— David (@UyiDm2) August 16, 2019
In a world where everyone celebrates overnight success, Forbes need to go back to the drawing board to find a way of carrying out proper background research. If not, any Yahoo Yahoo boy like Invictus Obi would easily make their list. Except the entire process itself is corrupt.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 17, 2019
There are others who have other thoughts on this
Court: How did you catch Invictus Obi as a scammer.
FBI: *Publishes 4 page affidavit with facts and some details of the investigation*
Court: How did you catch the scammer?
EFCC: He had tattoos and iPhone.
— Mazi Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) August 17, 2019
So because there is evidence of one bad egg in Forbes list, everybody seems to have an opinion, even the ones secretly hoping to be on the list. Y’all can shut your hating mouth and fingers up & down!! King and queens of promoting bad news 👏🏼 Go and hustle & stop making noise.
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) August 17, 2019
Just one among the few
I keep saying that Hush Puppi is childs
Compared to Igbo boys that are into the business
They get it and use it wisely
Say all you can about Invictus, he never wasted a dime!
— Mighty Mohammed (@TheVyrus) August 17, 2019