Social Media Roundup: FBI arrests about 80 Nigerians for Internet fraud

by | Aug 23, 2019

On Monday this week, we broke the news of the launch of OBus — a bus-hailing service — by Opera-backed startup OPay. The launch of OBus came barely two weeks after the company launched OTrike, its tricycle-hailing service, in Aba and Kano.

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Not long after, the news sparked an interesting conversation on social media; especially Twitter. Here are a few reactions.

We’re expecting more

“OPay disrupts…” word play

Other reactions

Read more here.

About 80 Nigerians indicted in America

Yesterday, we read news that about 80 individuals, most of them Nigerians, were indicted by a United States federal grand jury for their involvement in a massive conspiracy steal millions of dollars, now being referred to as “the largest Internet fraud in U.S. history”.

According to a report published by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, the defendants carried out the crimes through a “variety of fraud schemes and launder the funds through a Los Angeles-based money laundering network.”

This is coming barely a week after the arrest of Nigerian billionaire and CEO of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke by the he Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over $11 million fraud.

Find the list of their names here or below.

Since the news broke, “80 Nigerians” has been trending on Twitter.

Reactions

Way to ruin our reputation

“Everyone should answer their father’s name”

Let’s get tribalistic, shall we?

https://twitter.com/9aufal/status/1164663154779086849?s=20

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/Frank_LeanXV/status/1164668229727531009?s=20

These..

https://twitter.com/LordPatricius/status/1164691136545300480?s=20

Read more reactions here.

Social hangouts in Kenya to be closed during census

Starting from tomorrow, August 24, 2019, Kenya will begin its week-long population and housing census, its first in census since 2009.

In order to ensure that everyone is counted, Kenya’s Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i has reportedly ordered all social joints including bars in the country to be closed from 5 PM on Saturday to 6 AM on Sunday.

Reactions

Check these

https://twitter.com/kenyalivefeed/status/1164817695323279360?s=20

These too

https://twitter.com/254Newsline/status/1164821035432022016?s=20

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/FatumaMchafu/status/1164787362322194434?s=20

Read more reactions here.

Ambode

Three days ago, officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were said to have raided the Epep home of Akinwumi Ambode, former Lagos state governor, in relation to an ongoing investigation.

Videos from eye witnesses

https://twitter.com/SubDeliveryZone/status/1163752770064850944?s=20

https://twitter.com/falilu__alamala/status/1163803579167182849?s=20

https://twitter.com/Fortunebravery/status/1163767364766314496?s=20

https://twitter.com/iamsegmartins/status/1163775364688162816?s=20

Reactions

https://twitter.com/jesseshock75/status/1163756941266575360?s=20

These…

https://twitter.com/AyanbisiAT/status/1163770127327928320?s=20

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/onos_147/status/1163750699794087936?s=20

Read more here.

RIP Junior Agogo

Former Ghanaian international football star Junior Agogo is dead. He was 40 years old. Junior suffered a stroke in 2015 and he reportedly never really recovered from it.

From his former clubs;

Watch these;

Ghanaians react

Thank you Junior!

https://twitter.com/Diski_Style/status/1164579098167009281?s=20

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/sey_amen/status/1164520852790108160?s=20

Read more here.

Titilola Oludimu
Titilola Oludimu

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