Where there is a will there is a way. And the federal government of Nigeria is about to have so much will on the stolen money of one of its biggest fraudsters. According to news making rounds today Monday 7th Oct. 2019, is the federal high Court in Lagos is said to have sat and thought and concluded and now demanding that the recently Forbes list Fraudster Invictus Obi forfeit his illegally gotten wealth of N280,555,010.65 discovered in the bank accounts of Invictus Oil and Gas Limited and Invictus Investment Limited.
Obinwanne Okeke aka #Invictus is currently standing trial in the U.S over an alleged $11m cyber fraud, following his recent arrest by the FBI. Talk about being kicked when you are down. Why the federal government is suddenly wanted to eat from where they didn’t sow is still not surprising to me knowing thatbthr Nigerian government is onyl good at taking and not giving. Rather than wait it out, the FG is suddenly interested in the illegally gotrne money. They will share it and that will be the end of it all.
#EFFC had told the court that the two firms were owned by Invictus, described as “a strong leader of a cyber crime syndicate that specialised in business e-mail compromise.”
Following an ex parte application by the EFCC on Monday, Justice Rilwan Aikawa made an order for the temporary forfeiture of the money.
EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, had told the court that he was assigned to investigate a request for information on Invictus and three others by the U.S Department of Justice, Office of the Legal Attache, US Consulate-General.
He added that the funds in the accounts were “reasonably suspected” to be proceeds of cyber crime and urged the judge to order its forfeiture to the Federal Government to prevent Okeke from dissipating same.
So how will keeping this suspected illegally proceed prove that the government is fighting corruption? Isn’t this the same thing that he is doing? What does he plan to do with the money? This people keep getting greedier and greedier. Give the money back to the US, or name a legitimate project and use the money for it. But then again, this is the money that will be forcefully taken away from that account in a false pretence of helping the US prosecute Mr Obi, but will simply being gaining from where they didn’t sow.