Some Nigerian celebrities who are known to always storm social circles with Forbes-celebrated Nigerian young entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke popularly known as Invictus Obi, have been silent since reports of his arrest emerged on the internet.
Viral reports on Friday say Invictus Obi is being charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and he was allegedly arrested during a visit to the US by the FBI.
During one of his birthday parties, Banky W, Wizkid and other singers were seen celebrating with Obi and his arrest by FBI have fuelled speculations that Wizkid may have deleted all his Instagram posts over the scandal to clear off any link with Obi.
WuzupNigeria reports that Wizkid deleted all his IG posts on Thursday without giving any reason for doing so.
As Nigerians take to Twitter to react to Obi’s arrest, some Nigerians also condemned the alleged fraudulent act of the entrepreneur, while others called on the Nigerian security agencies to learn from the FBI.
Many have also called out the celebrities for their silence. Citing the case of Naira Marley with the EFCC, social media users claimed the celebrities would have taken to social media to vent their anger and call for his release if he was arrested by local security agencies.
Some also argued that the celebrities are being careful not to soil their names because of the gravity of the allegations levelled against him by the FBI which may hinder some of them from entering the US.
Popular fashion blog Bella Naija has also reportedly deleted a 2018 post where it celebrated Obi as its ‘Man Crush Monday’ (MCM).
See some of the reactions:
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
On this Invictus Obi case, have you noticed that your regular celebs are not coming online to say “Nobody Holy” … Oh well, that shit only applies when the Nigerian Govt tries to nail fraudsters.
Nobody wants FBI wahala, Looool
— adeda (@tosinadeda) August 16, 2019
The Irony about the FBI’s investigation that led to “Invictus Obi” arrest is that;
Invictus claims to have a Master’s in Forensic Criminology and Cyber studies.
But was caught only from his recovery email.
— Young Otutu (@YoungOtutu) August 16, 2019
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
What happened @bellanaija
Invictus Obi is no longer your MCM?
— AKIN 👴 (@AkinBald) August 16, 2019
Invictus Obi – He aspired to inspire, then decided to conspire and now he will perspire because plans don backfire and now FBI don acquire the documents whey dem go use enquire. Forbes list membership don expire and shame don catch una whey dey admire.
The entire case na wahala.
— 👑 DaddyMo 👑 (@therealdaddymo1) August 17, 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
Lmao It’s funny to me how Abuja people are surprised at this invictus Obi fraud guy… so all those people buying 12 don p at Moscow you think they work in ministry of Sports??
— The t-shirt guy (@joeycrazype0ple) August 17, 2019
This Invictus Obi’s story clearly shows that Yahoo Yahoo boys can operate anywhere- even wearing suits. That’s why I hardly believe all these influencers giving Tedx Talks if I can’t trace their sources of income. Most of them do Yahoo as a major side hustle. Run your own race!
— Olalekan Adigun (@MrLekanAdigun) August 16, 2019
On this Invictus Obi saga, Forbes fumbled. Ever since they’ve misused the phrase “self-made billionaire” with Kylie Jenner the Kardashian, I’ve put their integrity under surveillance.
It seems they also have gotten a price tag, and if you have “enough” you can get enlisted. pic.twitter.com/SHbOGjgYpQ
— Ayemojubar 🇳🇬 (@ayemojubar) August 16, 2019
The sad and most painful thing about this Invictus Obi story, is the fact that it is another major stain, and will make it even harder for legit Nigerian remote workers, freelancers, online business persons to get deals and jobs now.
The average Nigerian may not understand…
— Nwanganga ⚪ (@Pmoney_Talks) August 16, 2019
A lot of lessons to be learnt from the Invictus Obi vs Forbes Saga.
– Not all that glitters is Gold – Never believe all the inspire to aspire inorder to expire nonsense, Believe your Legitimate hustle alone – People will only rate you only when it’s rosy for you. Be smart pic.twitter.com/WoU0j5JdKg
— Dr. PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@thepamilerin) August 17, 2019
Mr. Obinwanne Okeke had two personalitites
Invictus Obi that aspires to acquire so as to inspire your desire
Then there is Convictus Obi that Acquire your card, so he can wire and build his empire.
Let’s not confuse the two, They caught Convictus Obi not Invictus Obi.
— Aba Boy👽 (@Frank_LeanXV) August 17, 2019
Not only was this Invictus Obi guy on Forbes 30 Under 30, he’s also been on BBC, given a TED Talk, spoke at London School of Economics Africa Summit, was nominated for “Young African Business Leader” at The AABLA Awards, & was a contributor for Forbes.
Yahoo boy with portfolio.
— Ada Nwoke (@okemzuruoke) August 17, 2019
I’m not “justifying” Invictus Obi’s fraud. I’m just letting you know that while Elizabeth Holmes and Bernie Madoff’s fraud will have zero impact on ordinary Americans; Obi’s fraud will have an impact on ordinary Nigerians.
And the reason why is a power asymmetry.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) August 17, 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
This whole #Invictus obi story reminds me of Noble Igwe’s outburst last year. I remember him calling out many rich people as fraudsters & people trolling him on social media platforms. The chicken has come home to roost.
— Patrick (@uyakonwu1) August 16, 2019
The apprehension of Invictus Obi is hopefully a notification to the gutter mouthed “rich” businessman/men with obviously dubious “wealth” on here. Your time is near.
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) August 16, 2019
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The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was caught as a result of the reform carried out by the state’s Head of Service, Mr Alex Aragbaye.
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How my wife and I were humiliated, manhandled by Nigeria Police at Moore Police Station Ile Ife By Dr Abiodun Olabanjo
My wife and l are Medical Doctors practising in Ile Ife Osun state. While my wife works with OSHMB. I have a private hospital in Ile Ife. l had to drive my wife to her place of work this morning with the private hospital ambulance (Name of the hospital well written on the ambulance with Doctors stickers on the windscreen). We had passed through several police barricades on the way.
On getting to one of the barricades in front of Moore Police station, we stopped and they asked for our mission on the road, despite the lockdown declared by the Government, and we patiently introduced ourselves and told them where we work and the reason why I had to drive my wife to her place of work and also informed them that I would be coming back soon as I had a patient that was been prepared for surgery before I left the hospital.
To my surprise on my way back from State Hospital Oke Ogbo Ile Ife where my wife works unlike other checkpoints where we had passed, where they didn’t need to stop us again for questioning on seeing the same hospital ambulance, the police at the barricade in front of Moore decided to stop us again and we did.
They asked me again for my identity and I explained to them but they insisted on parking the ambulance despite all explanation. After some persuasion one of the police personnel ordered the barricade to be removed, a car in the front and we followed but as we drove on we heard a loud bang at the back of the ambulance with someone in boy scout uniform calling other policeman claiming we broke through their barricade.
We, therefore, decided to stop but before I could open the car door to come down they started hitting me from the car, slapping and dragging me out of the car saying we wanted to hit one of them.
I was kicked several times by these about 30/50 people who were not even aware of what transpired. On citing this my wife quickly came down to stop the one slapping and hitting me but they didn’t even allow her they started beaten and dragging her too to the police station.
We were then ordered to be locked up in the cell by the Area Commander without any interrogation.
Instead, they collected all our four phones our shoes and other personal belongings including the car key without allowing us to make any form of communication either to our people nor our lawyer.
It was one of our patients who witnessed the event that quickly reported the case at our hospital from where our lawyer was contacted.
It was our lawyer in company of the patient that was waiting for emergency caesarian section that came to bail us at the police station. As we speak now, we were told they threatened to charge us to court tomorrow for trial even without investigation calling us all sorts of names and concorted lot of lies against us.
Our questions are….. Are Doctors not permitted to go to their places of work during this lockdown? Is the hospital ambulance not permitted to move during lockdown?
Was it normal for the police officer to collect all our phones without allowing us to communicate either with our people or our lawyer……. Our phones were ringing several times and they were dancing and singing to the tunes despite telling them that someone was in distress. It is our desire to register our displeasure to the whole nation…….
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