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Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke remanded in prison custody till 2020 over fraud charges

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Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian entrepreneur arrested by operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the last day of his visit to the United States in August, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of wire and computer fraud at the commencement of his trial on Monday, September 16.

The Nigerian businessman was arraigned in court by 2 pm, a week after being indicted by a federal grand jury which examined evidence gathered by the F.B.I. and presented by the United States Department of Justice.

Ruling on the case on the first day of trial, US Magistrate, Douglas Miller ordered that Mr. Okeke be remanded in prison custody until February 18, 2020, while also describing the fraud case as “complex”. The trial of the Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur accused of orchestrating the theft of $11 million from a foreign subsidiary of American heavy equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar, is expected to continue on the announced date.

The Nigerian businessman who was marked as a flight risk by US Authorities reportedly waived his right to a speedy trial on the first day of his arraignment.

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It was reported earlier that Mr. Okeke faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted, as the grand jury which indicted him also recommended that he should be made to forfeit at least $11 million in cash and asset or both if found guilty. If convicted, it is also expected that he will forfeit the emerald cut engagement ring found on him when he was arrested.

FBI arrests Forbes under 30 Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke for $12m fraud ?

Okeke who holds a master’s degree in International Relations and counter-terrorism from Monash University Australia is the founder of Invictus Group – a conglomerate in construction, oil, gas and agricultural development.

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I have no issues with King Promise despite not responding to his congratulatory message on X – Stonebwoy

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Reggae/ dancehall musician, Stonebwoy has addressed recent speculations regarding his lack of response to a congratulatory post from his fellow artiste, Gregory Bortey Newman, otherwise known as King Promise on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. (more…)

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I didn’t disrespect nor threaten Baba Sadiq’s wife; all the claims are preposterous lies – Stonebwoy.

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Ghanaian Reggae/dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, known in private life as Livingstone Etse Satekla has vehemently denied accusations that he disrespected or threatened the wife of aspiring politician and entertainment critic, Baba Sadiq. (more…)

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I was arrested every week – Dr. Likee Reflects on His Past as a Drug Trafficker

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Ghanaian actor and skit maker, Ebenezer Akwasi Antwi, popularly known as Dr. Like, has recently shared shocking details about his previous life. (more…)

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‘Dumsor’ has destroyed most of the ACs in my house – Mr. Drew

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Sensational Ghanaian singer and dancer, Mr. Drew, born Andrews Nii Commey Otoo has expressed his frustration regarding the negative impact of “dumsor” on his household appliances. (more…)

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I’ll return to stage even if I’ve to crawl – Celine Dion

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Renowned Canadian singer, Celine Dion has recently expressed her unwavering determination to overcome Stiff Person Syndrome and make a triumphant return to the stage.  (more…)

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Rihanna Claims She’s Starting Work On Her New Album Soon

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Celebrated Barbadian singer and actress, Robyn Fenty, popularly known as Rihanna has revealed that she working on her long awaited ninth album. (more…)

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