A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos state ordered Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi, to permanently forfeit the sum of N280.555.010 to the federal government, traced to him.
The order was given Thursday by Judge Rilwan Aikawa after the presentations of the lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo.
The EFCC had told the court that the funds were domiciled in the Nigerian bank accounts of Invictus Oil and Gas Limited and Invictus Investment Limited, respectively.
We recall that the court had approved at the beginning of October the temporary confiscation of N280.555.010,65 found in the bank accounts belonging to two companies owned by Obinwanne Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi.
Obinwanne Okeke, aka Invictus Obi
It will be remembered that Okeke was tried in the United States for alleged $ 11 million computer fraud following his indictment along with 77 other Nigerians.
Okeke was in 2016 celebrated by Forbes International as one of Africa’s most outstanding 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 and described by the magazine as “proof that there is hope for Africa.”
But he was arrested in August this year by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation as the ringleader of a cybercrime syndicate, which had defrauded a number of American citizens to the tune of $11m “through fraudulent wire transfer instructions in a massive coordinated business email compromise scheme.”