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.
OPay has launched OBus, a bus hailing service, in Lagos — barely a week after introducing OTrike in Aba https://t.co/jXY9ysbTUU
— Techpoint Africa (@Techpointdotng) August 19, 2019
Not long after, the news sparked an interesting conversation on social media; especially Twitter. Here are a few reactions.
OPay, OKash, OTrike, ORide, OBus OFood, Oh my…Opera is coming after Nigeria’s consumer internet market! https://t.co/WuvMdr5YVO
— Sam Ajadi (@sam_ajadi) August 19, 2019
This will provoke a full scale Agbero war. Why not just invite MC Oluomo as an investor now?
This whole thing is now very predictable 😂
OPay launches 'OBus' — public bus hailing for Lagos — in beta https://t.co/2cJOdDPOU3
— Victor Asemota (@asemota) August 19, 2019
OPay isn't playing 🤔
"OBus trip fare payments are made using an OBus Card. It is a QR-enabled card that comes in different denominations — as low as ₦200 ($0.55) and as high as ₦2000 ($5.51). Cards are purchased from OPay agents at different agents."https://t.co/e6pxxZktva
— Nmesoma (@nmesoma_xo) August 19, 2019
OPay is taking no prisoners….
Lagosians, OBus is here! pic.twitter.com/ZiciHYmgEP
— ~ (@olucheye) August 19, 2019
We’re expecting more
Opay has launched OBus after launching OTrike sequel to launching ORide.
It is remaining 'OLeg' now abi 'OHelicopter', 'OAirport', 'ORocket', 'OJets', maybe 'OWheelBarrow' sef 😁😁😁
— Tunde Phoster 😉 (@TundePhoster) August 19, 2019
OFood, OPay, ORide and OBus is already available, these people should bring OPlane so i can travel out with 5k😁
— Salman 👑 (@NotJustSalmanPR) August 19, 2019
But low-key, this OPay money go reach Salaries and compensation plans…
How much for (insert_your_job_description)?
— Benjamin Dada (@DadaBen_) August 19, 2019
— Daddy'Deji – Man of Steel (@obadafidii) August 19, 2019
“OPay disrupts…” word play
O-Pay disrupts mobile tailoring service.
— Charles Isidi (@TheCharlesIsidi) August 20, 2019
Up next is OPay disrupting the red light district with their new service:
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) August 19, 2019
OPay for entitled broke girls: OLoni
— Okala Mmuo (@ThatTemple) August 21, 2019
OPay disrupting the educational sector O-lodo.
— Oluwatosin Adeshokan (@theOluwatosin) August 19, 2019
Those OPay numbers. WOW!!!!!
— Celestine Omin (@cyberomin) August 19, 2019
This Opay dey everywhere like Sanwo Olu's campaign posters.
— Zaddy Ajala (@UNCLE_AJALA) August 19, 2019
Tencent folks said Opay was setup to compete directly with Jumia,
Ostay>Jumia Hotels, https://t.co/vqVKAtisaq
Omove (Oride, OBus, Otride) >Jumia Open Logistics
Ofood>Jumia Food https://t.co/YzVCdbGGoW
— Samuel Ekpe (@samuelekpe) August 19, 2019
Me to other Opay-esque-startups-without-Opay-money:
"Don't try this at home"
— Benjamin Dada (@DadaBen_) August 19, 2019
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”.
About 80 Nigerians charged for massive fraud, money laundering in America https://t.co/MinXubI2IW
— Premium Times (@PremiumTimesng) August 22, 2019
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.
BUSTED: New video shows federal authorities in Los Angeles, arresting nearly a dozen people, part of a 252-count indictment that accuses 80 people in the U.S. and Nigeria, of participating in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through fraud schemes. https://t.co/GZByCpZAiQ pic.twitter.com/oxwsgokx2W
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 22, 2019
Find the list of their names here or below.
In case you missed it.
Just few days after the arrest of Invictus Obi, the FBI arraigned 80 Nigerians in connection to what they described as the “largest fraud” in US history!
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 23, 2019
Since the news broke, “80 Nigerians” has been trending on Twitter.
So I woke up to see that every major media all over the world now has the news of 80 Nigerians internet fraud as their headline. This is probably the biggest publicity out of Nigeria since the kidnap of Chibok girls, & yes, it is bad news again!
Dear Lord, why am I a Nigerian?🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/Cnu6pxEqeU
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) August 23, 2019
First it was Invictus Obi, now FBI has announced the indictment of 80 Nigerians in one of the largest fraud cases in U.S history.
Dem use scam do us? 🙆♂️
— I-F-E™ (@IFEontheMIC) August 23, 2019
“If convicted, the suspects may spend decades in federal prisons.” – FBI Agent
Urge your brothers to start doing legit work. It looks like the FBI is finally out to burst this yahoo yahoo fraud.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) August 22, 2019
Seems like Invictus Obi will be the one to finally put an end to Yahoo Yahoo fraud in Nigeria. He just needs to keep singing to the FBI. Our border is open to them. They can come and make arrests anytime they want. No need for permissions 😂
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) August 23, 2019
Way to ruin our reputation
80 Nigerians😭😭😭😭Chijioke is even there??? Now naija has really really really been blacklisted.
— Azuré😎 (@ellanxo_) August 22, 2019
The painful thing about this 80 Nigerians FBI fraud thing is, people with legit hustle trying to pitch their way to brands & companies over there will be finding it hard to work with them.
Another bad stain on the country’s image 😔
— Ayoola (@i_olaelixir) August 22, 2019
80 Nigerians again drag the country into a bad light, making it difficult for innocent citizens and legitimate businesses. If it keeps going on like this, we will keep loosing out on various opportunities in the overseas.
Which way Nigeria?
— Awede Samuel (@sirmide) August 22, 2019
So 80 Nigerians 🇳🇬 have destroyed the reputation of over 140 million people 🙆😭🙆😭🙆😭 pic.twitter.com/b8mrURsF8K
— Fresh Benue Boy® (@Adagafred) August 22, 2019
“Everyone should answer their father’s name”
80 Nigerians Arrested by FBI
Nigerians: they have spoilt our reputation, they have spoilt our name
Come what is OUR ?
Did you see Roviel there ?
I like the way FBI listed them with their botanical names and nomenclature so we don’t get confused
— Trouble Maker 😒(G.O). (@ObongRoviel) August 22, 2019
An Igbo saying loosely translates to;"allow everyone answer his/her father's name."
When a Nigerian commits crime, abroad or home, let's not drive the 'we Nigerians have done it again' narrative,especially on social media.
It's damaging and reinforces negative stereotypes. 1/
— Victor Ekwealor Jnr. (@victor_ekwealor) August 22, 2019
This is why I hate generalizations
Imagine if countries started to refuse us Visas in droves cos of a handful of people.
Treat every case individually
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) August 23, 2019
Let’s get tribalistic, shall we?
FBI arraigned 80 Nigerians in connection to what they described as the “largest fraud” in US history, plot this data against tribe and you will notice a pattern, nearly all of them are IGBO people rubbishing our National identity internationally! pic.twitter.com/bPGUguAEnK
— Naufal Ahmad N E T I Z E N. (@9aufal) August 22, 2019
I see a lot of dragging over the 80 Nigerians that FBI just arrested bcos some pple are saying an entire tribe shouldn't be dragged bcos of 80 bad pple.
The difference btw Fulani Herdsmen/Kidnappers & Igbos arrested for fraud is that no Igbo person is defending their actions
— If¥™ (@nnekei) August 23, 2019
80 Nigerians or 80 Igbos? 🤔
— Alhassan (@muhdalhassan7) August 23, 2019
I thought they said Igbo boys are the most hardworking tribe in Nigeria. They hustle for their money and serve their masters. Thought they said yoruba boys are dubious.
This 80 Nigerians will shift your mentality small
— 🇳🇬's no 1#CelebrityDoctor (@DrBone5) August 23, 2019
July was such a good month to be a Nigerian. Beyonce showed us mad love, we were glowing. August has been brutal, first invictus, now 80 Nigerians in LA arrested for fraud.
— Nigerian God (@Echecrates) August 22, 2019
The 80 Nigerians arrested will most likely drop more names so they can plead bargain and get lesser sentences. The next few days and weeks will be hot. I hope you know what your brother and cousins are doing abroad?
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) August 23, 2019
Just 80 Nigerians were arrested by the FBI and Nigerians are acting surprised that such number of people are into fraud 😂.
In every university in Nigeria at least 60% of the boys are yahoo boys. If we are to be truthful to ourselves, more than 5 million Nigerians are into yahoo
— mouthpiece of the gods🐸 (@IdBoss2) August 23, 2019
See ehn fear Nigerians, if we put our brain to good use we'll be ruling the world. 80 Nigerians who are from a third world country pulled the highest internet fraud in the U.S history.
Imagine using this talent to do something innovative?
— Aba Boy👽 (@Frank_LeanXV) August 22, 2019
This 80 Nigerians and their Aliases
"Son of God"
"God is God "
" Mobility "
They sound very hilarious
But how do you commit that grand scale of fraud in a name that takes the semblance of God 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/vuv0YlGfmC
— Kingsomang (@kingsomang) August 22, 2019
Isn't it funny how no one on twitter knows anyone on the 80 Nigerians list?? 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/91njX3CVak
— MC_PUNs😀😀 (@2much_opoTBdope) August 23, 2019
FBI indicted 80 Nigerians for fraud.
— Irish: Pádraig (@LordPatricius) August 23, 2019
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.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 23, 2019
— Nairobi News (@Nairobi_News) August 22, 2019
Matian'gi has ordered closure of BARS at exactly 5:00 pm from Saturday for the Census.
Manchester United game is on the same day 5:00 pm, Arsenal Vs Liverpool from 7:00pm.
Matiang'i kuna vitu mbili tu! Either tutacountiwa kwa Hall ama kwa CELL…😂😂 #Censuskenya2019 #CYG
— Mwasame Wekesa (@MwasameWekesa) August 23, 2019
Looooool Matiangi played himself; niggas are going to get so drunk today they’ll be out cold when the census starts.
Nobody finna answer the door/open their gate if the person knocking isn’t Uber Eats or D.A.D coming to help cure the hangover 😂😂😂
— Chelsea VanCarter (@ChelsVanCarter) August 23, 2019
Matiangi thinks by closing BARS by 17:00hrs on weekends is gonna get KENYANS home EARLY. Wakenya ni watu wa form aambiwe hata international breaks kufika NYUMBANI earliest ni 23:00hrs.kuna BUTCHERY, KINYOZI CHUOM ZA MUGUKA , #Censuskenya2019 acha tuhesabiwe na paybill pale TILL
— Manasseh Vundi (@Vundi_Hyphen) August 23, 2019
— Sammateh (@Sammateh1) August 22, 2019
— Kenya Live Feed (@kenyalivefeed) August 23, 2019
— Uhondo News (@UhondoNews) August 23, 2019
"We will drink in Uganda," Angry Busia beer lovers tell Matiang'i over closure of bars during cencus.
— 254Newsline (@254Newsline) August 23, 2019
Matiang'i : All bars will be closed for two days…
— Kisii Finest 🍌 (@KisiiFinest_) August 23, 2019
— Frank Ganda (@FrankGanda) August 23, 2019
Matiangi orders all bars closed at 5PM for census.
Kenyans at 4:59 : pic.twitter.com/eMfux8yOgg
— Sun Tzu (@ItsChanzu) August 22, 2019
We will all yap about Matiang'i but isn't he the only assertive leader we have in Kenya?! Why are we always complaining about Uhuru's all talks and no action yet we complain when we get a good action motivated leader?
— Fatuma Mchafu (@FatumaMchafu) August 23, 2019
Petition to move Matiang'i to the ministry of Tourism.
— CFC Di Ravenna (@cyrusville) August 23, 2019
Matiangi is drunk (Power drunk)
— Bonga (@mtandao_) August 23, 2019
Matiang'i acts like Kenya is a Big Boarding School and he is the Principal! Shenzi 😂😂😂😂 #Censuskenya2019
— Starborn Silva (@silvaRKoB) August 23, 2019
Read more reactions here.
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.
— Channels Television (@channelstv) August 20, 2019
Videos from eye witnesses
– Video : EFCC are currently raiding the residence of former Governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode, in Epe.
– About two weeks ago, multiple bank accounts holding billions & linked to Mr Ambode were frozen as part of the alleged corruption probe.pic.twitter.com/VB0D43f1TI
— SubDeliveryZone (@SubDeliveryZone) August 20, 2019
Epe indigenes chase efcc away from raiding Ambode's home ..
Nigeria is just pure comedy..😂
I really can't deal. Wtf pic.twitter.com/9ygAWCK3cP
— Bumbum Man.🍺 THE TRUTH (@falilu__alamala) August 20, 2019
How could the EFCC of Nigeria be shooting gun horizontacally to scare people at Epe. Please leave Ambode for us, he served us well. He left the post, and yet people are after him, threatening to kill people of Epe. I almost got shot today when trying to cross the road. #Buhari pic.twitter.com/ZfSXVQLKlj
— Coldblooded 😋 🇳🇬 (@Fortunebravery) August 20, 2019
When you've done so much for the people and the accuser of the brethren comes knocking at your door, even with their guns 'THE PEOPLE' will resist them and they shall flee.
A note of warning:
Don't joke with the people of Epe, they're ready to die for Ambode. pic.twitter.com/V89Ih1sYwL
— Segun Martins (@iamsegmartins) August 20, 2019
Who did Ambode offend???
— JessyShock (@jesseshock75) August 20, 2019
I have absolutely no sympathy for Ambode.
— : (@borie_nla) August 20, 2019
Ambode was just foolish and lacks balls as then Governor. Today Obaseki and Oshomole have settled because Governor Obaseki dared to be a man. Ambode would have fought to death . It never paid to be a fearful man. I hate men without guts & will. Fashola fought & remains relevance
— Sam (@Samfonii) August 20, 2019
— TY (@Omotayokwame) August 20, 2019
EFCC arrested Naira Marley.
Go after Politicians the big thieves, stop harrasing young men.
EFCC storms Ambode's residence.
They are victimizing Ambode. Go after the real thief.
EFCC: 👇 pic.twitter.com/IDltGBPPDh
— Temitope Ayanbisi (@AyanbisiAT) August 20, 2019
EFFC raids Ambode house, so we should fry beans? If elites are 'tensioning' themselves, those who aren't in the elite bracket should enjoy the show. pic.twitter.com/j85I8kU7Fu
— Osaze (@IamOsaze) August 20, 2019
Ambode when EFCC starts Knocking on his Door this morning pic.twitter.com/CMCNegQou5
— Blue (@DharBluee) August 20, 2019
This Ambode story should be a lesson to us all.
Focus on your responsibilities to the people regardless of pressure from power brokers.
Fight hard when you have to, even if it’s dirty.
Earn & secure your circle with proof of service.
That way, EFCC won’t be used against you.
— HENRY #BBNaija (@onos_147) August 20, 2019
#EFCC searched my house and left without any incident, Former Lagos Governor, #Ambode responds to the anti-graft agency's visit to his residences today.He says the EFCC has till date not had any direct communication with him on any subject matter. pic.twitter.com/5C5a2leLEQ
— SeunOkin Channels tv (@seunokin) August 20, 2019
Even if Ambode indict Tinubu, @officialEFCC won’t move an inch against him for now. Not until he dares Buhari.
— Sunny| Ex-Nigerian (@sunnywinehousse) August 20, 2019
Apparently, Ambode didn't for a single moment forget his "Bode Thomas" during his tenure. They therefore had no choice that to stand for him on the day of need.
Moral lesson: Fix your hood while in power, don't be a bast*rd child.
— Alex Oluwatobi (@alexlobaloba) August 21, 2019
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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.
Former Bristol Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Ghana striker Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 22, 2019
From his former clubs;
Rest in peace, Junior ❤️
#NFFC are saddened to learn that former striker Junior Agogo has passed away.
The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Junior’s family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/0t8wlpnEW1
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) August 22, 2019
💚| We were saddened to learn of the passing of our former striker Junior Agogo, who was a popular figure during his short time at Easter Road.
Our thoughts are naturally with his family and friends at this difficult time.
His memory marches on. pic.twitter.com/detyeuCkGy
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) August 22, 2019
Sheffield Wednesday are saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Junior Agogo.
Our thoughts are with Junior's family and friends at this very difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/4AHHSuPw8M
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 22, 2019
Our Former player Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40, RIP! ⚫️👋🏼 pic.twitter.com/Km0ph6PCe6
— Zamalek SC (@ZSCOfficial) August 22, 2019
Sad news to report
— Bristol Rovers Live (@BristolLiveBRFC) August 22, 2019
The Ghana Football Association is saddened by news of the sudden demise of ex-Ghana star Junior Agogo. On behalf of the Ghanaian football fraternity, we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our Black Star, Junior Agogo. May his soul Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/cRgskOyuC3
— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) August 22, 2019
Junior Agogo narrating how he suffered Stroke in 2015
— Kickgh.com (@Kickgh) August 22, 2019
— Ebenezer K. Anokwah (@eanokwah) August 23, 2019
Those days ladies join the men to jubilate after Ghana wins a match. It was days of Agogo, Essien, Stephen Appiah.
— Veep's 🇬🇭 Wife (@BeautyHalimat) August 22, 2019
RIP LEGEND 💔
JUNIOR AGOGO 😢 pic.twitter.com/0K48a0yUhi
— AbrOfOkAtEƐ tEArEr (@KwekuCyber) August 22, 2019
Junior Agogo is dead ?? 😨😨😨 🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/T6yAbDT6LQ
— 々TOR🎖 (@Kol_Mi_Tor) August 22, 2019
— frederick nortey (@fredericknuetei) August 22, 2019
Thank you Junior!
Junior Agogo #RIPAgogo 🙏🏽
Born: 1st August 1979
Died: 22nd August 2019 (aged 40)
27 caps for Ghana 🇬🇭 12 goals.
Former clubs Include:
San Jose Earthquakes
— Diski_Style (@Diski_Style) August 22, 2019
— ManUtdGhana_🇬🇭🔴⚪️⚫️ (@ManUtdGhana_) August 22, 2019
— The True Collins🗨 (@C_o_l_s) August 22, 2019
The joy you gave us at your prime was priceless. As humans we can't be at the top forever but you made sure you left fond memories of you. Your iconic bald hair alone made some people lose their gfs to you but i'm sure they weren't bored all for the love of our country #RIPAgogo pic.twitter.com/dh16raqgzI
— simONY (@NanaMonyz) August 22, 2019
Junior Agogo struggled with illness in his last days.
As a country nothing was done to help him,today the whole country is hailing him as a legend because he's dead.
It's very sad,we only have nice things to say about people wen they're no more but wont help dem.#RipAgogo
— Teshie Eden Hazard 🇬🇭 (@sey_amen) August 22, 2019
So is this how People who serve the country are treated after all the have done. It will be very pointless to hear any Official say we will take care of his family. But God knows best Junior Agogo rest in peace #RIPAgogo pic.twitter.com/LLXJZ5fpUl
— Nana Kyerematen (@mr_kyerematen) August 22, 2019
Why do we celebrate people when they are dead rather than when they are alive?
I don't know this footballer but he seems like a great person. Rest in person man 🙏 #RIPAgogo
— Urenna Ann (@AnnUrenna) August 22, 2019
Ghana wasn't there for Junior Agogo when he seriously need our prayers and support during difficult time . We abandoned this guy and now that he's no more we are here posting his pictures with caption #RIPAgogo . We are all Hypocrites.
— Greek… goat (@Topperklass24) August 22, 2019
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