Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian ‘businessman’ arrested in the United States last August, has capitulated after months of putting up spirited fights against the two-count charge of wire and computer fraud slammed on him by American authorities.
Mr Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi in Nigeria, has now told American authorities he is ready to enter a guilty plea, possibly in exchange for a lesser sentence
Already, a Senior United State District Judge, Rebecca Smith, has given an order approving the plea bargain arrangement.
“The Court has been advised that the defendant wishes to enter a plea of guilty,” Judge Smith said in her Order of April 24. “A United States Magistrate Judge is hereby authorised, with the consent of the defendant, to conduct the proceedings required by the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 incident to the making of the plea. See 28 U.S.C. Section (b) (1); United States v. Dees, 125 F.3d 261 (5th Cir.1997).
“The defendant may consent to the United States Magistrate Judge conducting the proceedings on a form provided by the clerk.
“If, after conducting such proceedings, the Magistrate Judge accepts the plea of guilty and the associated plea agreement, a presentence investigation shall be conducted and a report shall be prepared pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32, and a sentencing data shall be scheduled.
“If the plea of guilty is accepted, the District Judge will adjudicate guilt and will determine and impose a sentence.”
Magistrate Judge Robert Krask has been appointed to conduct the plea agreement hearing set for June 18 at the Norfolk Magistrate Courtroom 1.
Mr Okeke’s capitulation is a surprising turn in the case as he has since his arrest strongly denied wrongdoing.
On December 15, 2019, he filed two preliminary objections. One saying American authorities lacked jurisdiction to charge him for fraud since he did not commit the alleged offence on American soil, and that no American companies or individuals were swindled at the time of his indictment.
In the other objection, Mr Okeke accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of obtaining evidence from him and his iPhone under duress and that the information so extracted should be discountenanced by the court.
Responding to the objection, the prosecutors said Mr Okeke travelled to the U.S. in the course of the crime and that his lawyers were wrong to argue that no American companies or individuals were defrauded by the suspect.
The FBI also insisted it obtained evidence from Mr Okeke following due process.
But just as the parties agreed to continue the trial, Mr Okeke began to signal to the prosecution that he was ready for a guilty plea agreement. The court was so informed of the development.
Mr Okeke was arrested by the FBI on August 6 in Alexandria, Virginia, as he was about to return to Nigeria.
He was later charged with two counts of computer fraud and wire fraud, which carry a maximum penalty of 10 and 20 years jail, respectively.
U.S. authorities allege Mr Okeke defrauded the United Kingdom office of Unatrac of up to $11 million in business email fraud. Unatrac’s headquarters is in the United Arab Emirates, but the company filed complaints with the FBI through Caterpillar.
Vietnam Police Seized 324,000 Used, Repackaged Condoms(Pics)
Paid workers were tasked with cleaning the rubber contraceptives before reshaping them with wooden dildos.
The condoms were then repackaged before being resold to the public and thousands had already been sent out to the unsuspecting public.
Police raided the warehouse on Saturday and seized the used condoms.
Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 33, the owner of the warehouse, was arrested and claimed she had been receiving the supply of used condoms once a month from unknown persons.
Paid workers were tasked with washing, cleaning the condoms, sorting before reshaping them with wooden dildos and packing them.
Local reports said they were being supplied to hotels and market stalls.
It is not known how many condoms had already been sold but the load found by police weighed 360kg
The condoms were confiscated as evidence but will be disposed of immediately because they are considered dangerous medical waste.
Man Rapes 9-Year-Old Girl At Knife Point Inside Her Mum’s Bedroom In Bauchi
A young man identified as Samana Shua’ibu, age 20, has been arrested by the Bauchi State Police Command for allegedly raping a 9-year-old girl after threatening to stab her with a knife in Dini Village, Toro local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the news in a statement on Wednesday, September 23, Spokesman of the command, DSP Mohammad Wakil, said that the suspect sneaked into the bedroom of the victim’s mother throgh the window, threatened to stab the minor before raping her.
The statement reads:
“On 16th/09/2020 at about 0900hrs one Mohammed Sani alias Kawu Sani ‘m’ of Dini Village via Rahama ward Toro LGA Bauchi came to Toro Police Station and reported that on 15th/09/2020 at about 0130hrs one Samana Shua’ibu ‘m’ aged 20yrs of the same address trespassed into his house where he entered his wife’s room through the window and met his daughter by name Hadiza (not real name) ‘f’ aged 9yrs sleeping,” the statement reads.
“He threatened her with a knife not to shout or he kill her and forcefully had unlawful canal knowledge of her without her consent. On receipt of the report, A team of Policemen WAS drafted to the scene. The victim was taken to General Hospital Toro for medical treatment, while the suspect escaped to unknown destination,”
“Consequently, residents revealed that his family prevented the community to arrest the suspect as at the time of the incident. After preliminary investigation the suspect was arrested and confessed to the crime. Investigation is in progress after which suspect will be charge to court for prosecution.”
Aunt allegedly CUTS OFF niece’s finger in drastic abuse
A aunt has been arrested and mocked for allegedly cutting off her niece’s finger in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Her little niece is said to be staying with her. According to reports, she always maltreats her until she went ahead to increase her wickedness.
It was claimed she carried out the devilish act because the little girl refused to do some shores.
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