Nigerian Court Orders Invictus Obi’s N280m Forfeited

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the forfeiture of N280,555,010.65 to the Federal Government of Nigeria, belonging to the companies: Invictus Oil and Gas Limited and Invictus Investment Limited.

The sum is in the bank accounts of the companies believed to belong to the indicted 31-year old Nigerian, Invictus Obi (real name: Obinwanne George Okeke) who is currently being tried in the United States of America over alleged $11m cyber fraud.

Following an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, Justice Rilwan Aikawa made an order for the temporary forfeiture of the sums of N240,250,904.46 and N40,304,106.19, which the anti-graft agency said it found kept in the Nigerian bank accounts, in order to prevent cronies of Mr Okeke to spend the sum.

EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court the funds were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of cybercrime, while Obinwanne George Okeke is evidently a strong leader of a cybercrime syndicate specialised in business email compromise.

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