Letter from Africa: Why Nigeria’s internet scammers are ‘role models’
Within our number of letters from African authors, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani laments that internet scammers have grown to be part models for a lot of youngsters inside her nation.
The Federal Bureau of research (FBI) in the usa has indicted 80 individuals – 77 of these Nigerians – with what it defines as the «largest case of online fraud in US history».
But many shocking for Nigerians was the arrest that is separate of internationally celebrated company tycoon, Obinwanne Okeke.
The pinnacle of Nigeria’s Invictus Group, which includes passions in sectors including agriculture to real-estate, he had been known as because of the respected Forbes mag as certainly one of its 30 top African business owners aged under 30.
Now Mr Okeke – or Invictus Obi as he’s popularly understood – is accused because of the United States authorities of stealing $11m (Р’Р€8m) in a single scam that is online.
He pleaded not liable in court week that is last and had been remanded in custody.
The FBI publicises likewise sensational busts every several years, usually followed closely by quick beliefs and impressive prison sentences.
Yet this does small to deter more Nigerian guys from participation with what happens to be revealed being a network that is widening of cyber fraudulence.
Whenever Nigerians first achieved notoriety within the 1990s for defrauding Westerners of millions of bucks, the frauds became referred to as 419 following the element of the Nigerian code that is penal tackles such crimes.