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Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Kwanza: 1:38pm On Feb 15
Family members, an employee, a pastor, and others related to a Nigerian business mogul undergoing trial, Obiwanne Okeke, have flooded a U.S. court with appeals for leniency ahead of his sentencing for wire fraud.

In a series of letters of attestation to character sent to Rebecca Smith, the judge handling the case at a Virginia court, they expressed shock about the involvement of Mr Okeke in the unlawful activities and pleaded he be given a second chance.

They also pledged he would not take part in any unlawful act again.

Also known as Invictus Obi, Mr Okeke will be sentenced on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old and Chairman of Abuja-based Invictus Group, before his arrest in 2019, was listed as one of the influential young entrepreneurs recognised by Forbes.

Mr Okeke was nabbed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) which alleged he connived with certain individuals, some of whom remain at large, to defraud American companies and individuals over a period of at least four years.

One of his victims, Unatrac, a subsidiary of American heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, lost $11 million in spurious wire transfers, court documents showed.

Agents of the international security agency obtained an arrest warrant and intercepted the fraudster in the airport while returning to Nigeria after a brief visit to the U.S. in 2019.

However, after months of denying his involvement in the crime before a federal judge in the U.S. and argument over jurisdiction, he pleaded guilty to the allegation of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with American authorities last year June.

The guilty plea helped Mr Okeke, who was initially indicted on two counts of computer and wire fraud, to secure the withdrawal of the second charge that carries lesser sentence and fines.

As part of his deal with the U.S. government, he would now enjoy immunity from prosecution on the same matter in the U.S. Eastern District of Virginia.

The district would also confirm the validity of the plea agreement in case Mr Okeke is charged over the same offence in another jurisdiction. Although his sentencing was initially scheduled for October 22, 2020, it was postponed to Tuesday for reasons unknown to PREMIUM TIMES.

The conviction could see him spend 20 years behind bars with up to $250,000 in fines amongst other punishments, this newspaper gathered.

‘Temper justice with mercy’

Meanwhile, Mr Okeke’s lawyer, John Iweanoge, begged the court to sentence him to a substantially lower jail term than required by the law.

In the court documents, detailing the defendant’s position on the sentencing, which was exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Iweanoge argued that the guideline range of imprisonment of 97 to 121 months or 151-188 months “will be too much for someone of his age and status”.

“A sentence within either guidelines range would be nothing short of overly punitive for a 33-year-old, non-violent, first-time offender who checks nearly all the correct boxes with regard to his low risk of recidivism.

“Moreover, a sentence within the guideline range would be disparate with many sentences imposed for individuals whose crimes had a much more severe and far-reaching victim impact.

“The court is charged with fashioning a sentence that promotes respect for the law, affords adequate deterrence, reflects the seriousness of the offense, and provides just punishment while also avoiding unwarranted sentencing disparities among defendants.”

Attached to his plea were letters of ‘character attestation’ from Mr Okeke’s family, former pastor, mentee and close relations.

In the copy of the letters obtained, the writers also pleaded that the judge be merciful to him.

‘Show mercy for my mentor’

Also, Nwosu Favour Chikadibia, a pharmaceutical technology student studying at Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Imo State, who claimed the defendant is her mentor and friend, wrote to Ms Smith (judge) on February 4, 2021.

“I have known Mr. Obinwanne Okeke for more than 10 years and he is indeed a good person and a very kind man, and also very generous. He took me in and showed me the fatherly love I never experienced: even when I had lost hope of furthering my education, God Almighty through him blessed me.

“He offered me a scholarship right from my secondary school level till now that I am in a higher institution and he also really helped me and my family in so many ways. It was believed that everyone in this life has a destiny helper, truly Mr Oberwanne Okeke is my own destiny helper, that was why I was really saddened when I heard of his arrest, because this is not the great mentor, father, that I have come to respect and count on. I am really helpless right now without him.

“Please judge, with anguish and a sorrowful heart. I plead with you in the name of our lord Jesus Christ to please show mercy,” Ms Nwosu begged the judge.

Former pastor pleads

Also, Ikechukwuka Nwanze, Mr Okeke’s former pastor at Kingsway International Christian Center South Africa (KICC SA), wrote the judge on February 9, pleading for mercy

“I know Mr Okeke, as he was a member of my congregation at KICC SA for a period of 5 years and at the time he was a student at Monash University in South Africa.”

According to him, “Mr Okeke is a quiet young man with keen interest in business, especially Real Estate opportunities”.

“I was quite intrigued at the time that a young man his age wanted to make something of his life. He was involved in youth activities in the church and I had asked him at a time to be a keynote speaker at one of the business seminars for young people.”

The clergyman said “he was in complete shock when he found out the wrongdoings Mr Okeke committed”, insisting that “it was not consistent with the character he witnessed during his tertiary education and the period he was in the church”.

“I want to use this opportunity, your honor, to plead for leniency on your judgement and also on behalf of Mr Okeke, deeply apologise to victims of these nefarious activities and to the government of the United States,” he wrote.

Also, employee begs

Francisca Asuquo, an employee of Invictus Group, in her letter, stated that she worked with the accused for three years.

“We met at a meeting and we had an intellectual discussion about renewable energy, which got my interest and made me decide to get into the renewable energy sector which is emerging in Africa.

“As a female in this industry, it has made people and society have more respect for me seeing that I am sound in the field all thanks to Okeke for roping me in,” she wrote.

Ms Asuquo also pleaded with the judge to give Mr Okeke a second chance.

“I know that he has to attend the court on a theft charge. He is really upset and sorry about what he has done and wishes to spend more time with his new born child & family hoping to be a good father-figure that will excel at raising his family uprightly,” she wrote.

Brother, sister appeal for leniency

In addition, the defendant’s brother and sister, Alexander Okeke and Florence Ozobugha respectively, in two separate letters, appealed to Ms Smith to be considerate in her sentencing.

“I sincerely apologise on his behalf to the victims and I also ask that you consider is predicaments and show mercy to him because he is a young man that have future, young daughter and an aged mother who suffers from diabetics and they will suffer emotionally and otherwise, If you sentence him to a long period of jail,” Mrs Ozobugha stated.

Mr Okeke, who is a traditional chief in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, is also a civil/highway engineer for over 30 years working for the Maryland State Highway Administration in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

He wrote, “I will humbly plead that the Court tempers justice with mercy at sentencing because he (Obinwanne Okeke) has a long way to go before he can actually be tagged free. In sentencing, I urge that this Honorable Court consider all the mitigating factors before it with a view to striking a lenient or tempered balance in sentencing, taking into account the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.”
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/442923-exclusive-obinwanne-okekes-relatives-pastor-others-beg-u-s-judge-for-mercy.html

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by whytediamond(m): 1:44pm On Feb 15
What a way to live. Fast lane no pay.

Prison no be where person dey pray to go. After release, that "ex-convict" tag can haunt ehnn.

May God forgive us all.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by BOLLDD: 1:44pm On Feb 15
He should face the consequence jare.... grin

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by SocialJustice: 1:44pm On Feb 15
He'll receive full sentence. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by superior1: 1:44pm On Feb 15
If e be Fulani, Buhari for beg join sef.

If I ever hear any motivational speech of starting 3 billion business form 3 naira again

Abeg, send him to maximum time in jail with hard labour

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by thebosstrevor1: 1:45pm On Feb 15
Dem think say na Nigeria where if you beg dem go free you.

Maybe they should also beg those people who lost their money to him.

Imagine Pastors supporting evil, even one young girl is calling invictus her MENTOR grin

Wallahi, no good role model for Nigeria.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Emu4life(f): 1:45pm On Feb 15
Forbes be recognizing people carelessly. INFLUENTIAL ENTERPRENUER INDEED.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by FuckThaMod: 1:45pm On Feb 15
The kind of thread that sweets fulani and yoruba cool

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by FastLane25(m): 1:45pm On Feb 15
Nawa ooh before person do something
remember to think twice

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Amspecial: 1:45pm On Feb 15
grin
Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by DJ10rounds(m): 1:45pm On Feb 15
Crime isn't good stay away from it. There are a million ways to make it legit,all you have to do is think.
By the way remember to stay and eat healthy. Order for your soybean powder today. Check signature for more info

Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Viknat(m): 1:45pm On Feb 15
These people think say na naijerya Invictus dey o. Meanwhile Invictus don be like this to u.s authorities

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Neddstark: 1:45pm On Feb 15
Sometimes I wish Trump was still president. You come from your shithole and scam hardworking companies in my country. Then when you have been caught, you now start begging for leniency. They are all mad. Obi Invictus will do his time and come out of jail with white beards like Soyinka and be deported back to his village.

And you that yahoo boy reading this, you will be caught too. Yes you the scammer, I am talking to you.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by AFvckingAlpha(m): 1:45pm On Feb 15
The fvck

Niggarr!!

One of the realest niggarr, Invictus my niggarr!!


You did what you thought was right, I ain't go judge you, you just tryna survive.

I see all this pussy niggarrs talking crap.

Let who has no stains cast stones.

There are thousands of Invictus springing up.

Boys still dey move millions as I dey type.

Meanwhile I keep bombing, keeping up with updates cos thats only how we gon get rich.

And if I get to do time, I do it. That's life.

Cos I know I'm greedy, I want make FBI dey track me gan.

I said what I said.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by WhiteGoldz: 1:46pm On Feb 15
Beg for what. What is right is right,and what is wrong is wrong. Now face judgement. Naija is not yankee. He might be jailed for 50years

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Sodiquinone: 1:46pm On Feb 15
He should be killed,scammers have killed many people from hypertension

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by tillaman(m): 1:46pm On Feb 15
Begging a US court is a waste of time especially the nature of the offence which is fraud
Them crackers don’t joke with their Benjamins

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Brendaniel: 1:46pm On Feb 15
thebosstrevor1:
Dem think say na Nigeria where if you beg dem go free you.

Maybe they should also beg those people who lost their money to him.

Imagine Pastors supporting evil, even one young boy is calling invictus his MENTOR grin


Oga sometimes it works not freeing him but reducing the sentence....

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by slawormiir: 1:46pm On Feb 15
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by elantraceey(f): 1:46pm On Feb 15
He didn't have mercy on those he defrauded.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Britishcoins(m): 1:46pm On Feb 15
Nwanne jee nke oma

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by ahiboilandgas: 1:46pm On Feb 15
Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by yemmight(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
No be Nigerian Judge now.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Odetokun3(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
Okay
Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by tot(f): 1:47pm On Feb 15
Did he have mercy on his victims before defrauding them? This is not Nigeria where sentiments can be used to sway a case.

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by whytediamond(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
FastLane25:
Nawa ooh before person do something
remember to think twice
.
DM me for your logo, flyer and editing at a very cheap price

Na so o

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by MOLOTOVcockTAIL(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
Thief

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by ednut1(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
Inspire to aspire perspire. He should be given the full sentence obtainable. A disgrace

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by Dmeji4444(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
Ma sun
Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by EndyEdesonNews(m): 1:47pm On Feb 15
He won't do it again, let him be given a second chance or lighter sentence

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Re: Obinwanne Okeke’s Relatives, Pastor, Others Beg U.S. Judge For Mercy by ipobarethieves: 1:48pm On Feb 15
angry

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