Reference:Ikemba Iweala in sex extortion mess / Smoking Gun
A jury convicted a Laurel woman late today of taking part in an extortion scheme against a neurosurgeon with whom she had an affair. Queen Nwoye, 28, was accused of conspiring to extort $180,000 from Ikemba Iweala, a doctor at Providence Hospital. Prosecutors said Nwoye and a partner - who has not been charged in the case - threatened to reveal the affair unless Iweala turned over the money. Iweala, who is married, paid the money but then alerted authorities, prosecutors said.
Jurors deliberated less than two hours before returning their verdict. Nwoye likely faces a prison term of 30 to 37 months under federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle set a Jan. 18 sentencing date.
The 59-year-old Nigerian neurosurgeon at Providence Hospital confessed that he started an affair with Nwoye, a nurse who hailed from his native country.
He told the jury yesterday that his stupidity sullied his and his family's reputation and seriously wounded his marriage.
"Things will never be the same," a frail-looking, gray-bearded Iweala said with a sigh as he testified this week. "I am still married. . . . But I feel very angry at myself. And, I have lost a lot of money."
Iweala hoped to conceal the affair and protect his community standing in the United States and in Nigeria, he acknowledged to prosecutors. Other members of his family, based in the cozy suburb of Potomac and with high profiles in their own fields, had much at stake as well.
His wife, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a former foreign and finance minister for Nigeria and a veteran employee of the World Bank. She is a Harvard-educated economist and was mentioned as a possible successor to Paul D. Wolfowitz, who resigned as president in June. This month, the new World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, made her one of his top deputies.
Uzodinma Iweala, the couple's son, who graduated from St. Albans and Harvard, is the author of the critically acclaimed "Beasts of No Nation," his first novel. The fictionalized story of an African child warrior was released last year.
Nwoye insisted that she, too, was a victim.
Testifying in her own defense, she admitted yesterday that she helped collect the money and helped her boyfriend, Adriane Osuagwu, pretend to be her cousin so he could conceal his identity. But with a sullen face and insistent cries, Nwoye testified that she was powerless to resist the orders of Osuagwu, whom she described as a physically abusive, controlling man and as the scheme's mastermind.
"This is a sad case," Nwoye's attorney, John Iweanoge, told jurors in opening statements earlier in the week. "You're going to hear evidence of adultery, no question. You're going to hear about money going into Ms. Nwoye's accounts."
But, the defense attorney continued, "Ms. Nwoye was a victim too, She made the mistake of her life falling in love in the middle of a divorce with the wrong man."
According to court papers, the story began in early 2002 when Nwoye, then a nurse in training, noticed the doctor's name in a hospital directory. She said she recognized Iweala as a fellow Nigerian and introduced herself. They became friends, and, in September 2002, they became lovers. The sexual relationship ended in August 2003, they both say, but their friendship continued.
Nearly three years later, in February 2006, Iweala testified, he received a surprise call from Nwoye. She told Iweala that he must call her cousin "Ufondu" in Georgia. It was then that "Ufondu," an alias that the nurse's new boyfriend was using, demanded that the doctor pay $20,000 or he would tell Iweala's wife about the affair. Within a week, the man demanded another $20,000, prosecutors said.
On March 10, 2006, Nwoye called Iweala to suggest that they meet because "she said she had not had sex in a while," according to court papers. While the two were having sex in the parking lot in Nwoye's car, someone approached and began taking photographs. That night, "Ufondu" called Iweala again to demand an additional $100,000, the court papers said.
Iweala said the demands by "Ufondu" continued. Authorities say Nwoye picked up some of the checks and cash and deposited the money into her and her boyfriend's bank accounts. "There is a lot I could have done," she told the jury. "I really wanted something to be done, but I couldn't help myself."
Iweala brought the case to the FBI's attention and agreed to help authorities in the prosecution. "He felt compelled to bring the culprits to justice in order to prevent others from falling prey to a similar scheme," said Iweala's attorney, Vincent Cohen.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Hart-Edwards told jurors that the case is not about getting the money back. "That's gone," she said.
One unanswered question for the jury so far concerns the boyfriend, Osuagwu. If he orchestrated this extortion plot along with the nurse, as the government alleges, where is he, and why hasn't he been charged, too?
"Beats me," Nwoye's attorney said. "I'm surprised he's not here now, as a defendant."
Prosecutors declined to comment on why Osuagwu has not been charged.
Reading this story teaches me what not to do. It is a human interest story that transcends country and ethnicity. But some, who are almost blind anyway, can't see through their thick eye-glasses to find the lesson. Yet they can't wait to educate others on where they should or should not get the words they use in their posts just as they are quick to condemn NVS on the publication of this story.
Oloye, you wrote:
"When will people stop trying to dictate to NVS what is important to publish and what is "nigerian problem"? The same people read hundreds of stories on NVS on OBJ, Orji Kalu, Artiku, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw stories and they never complain. Give me a break please!"
Nobody is dictating anything to NVS.
OBJ fleeced Nigeria and got it to the brink for total implosion.
Orji Kalu and Obasanjo fall in same group to me.
Artiku is in same category as the two above.
Igbo/Yoruba/Hausa/Ijaw are major subject matters in the building or the disintegration of Nigeria.
Where among those examples do you fit in your "giffarey" (my word) "igarun" report on an "innocent" private individual. Unless of course you are applying the report to get even in your tribal admonitional score.
"Oro oloro mase jeki odi ti ire". "Igbehin olofofo soro"
Oguguo, abeg what is "tribal admonitional score"? No vex.
There are people who are quicker to prey on certain individuals based on the person's identity. They do so consciously or unconsciously motivated by the damping effect their action would have both on the individual and people who share a common identity with that person.
Most unfortunate....who then is da real victim in da whole shenanigan? Nah wa phor wadatori, nah wa phor WAEC dat use to be passed at 1st sitting
ps....hope the lesson of da foolhardiness is not lost on all. Infidelity and greed is part of what is destroying our nation and the life of some of our people.The shame and embarassment of this wahala to all parties involved and families, friends and associates cannot really be imagined. We can all fly as many kites as we want, and even self make use of innuendoes to slap each other, it will never erase what happened that shldn't have in da 1st instance.
"The shame and embarassment of this wahala to all parties involved and families, friends and associates cannot really be imagined. We can all fly as many kites as we want, and even self make use of innuendoes to slap each other, it will never erase what happened that shldn't have in da 1st instance"
That is all the more reason we should allow the parties primarily hurt to go through the necessary process within. Hopefully there will be healing sooner than later. My take is that we should leave them alone. We've heard about it; dwelling on it will not help anybody.
I am still trying to find the victims here.
1. Ikemba did what he did and paid $180,000. You could say it was a very expensive piece of kit but many have made bad investments. For example, they go to Vegas for a weekend. It doesn't make him a victim. It makes him a wise guy who got scammed/unlucky - take your pick.
2. Ikemba has only lost his "dignity" and it is arguable that he had one in the first place and what we know is that he was su-ch a fo-ol to be caught out, to be stung!
3. His family? What have they lost? That the world now knows what a few people used to know about them? It's not really victimhood, is it? That Madame World Bank was busy dancing in Nigeria that things were getting better, better with her and her Baba knowing very well that they were not, while all she was doing was wangling $12bn for her paymasters from the Nigerian people. So that her randy hubby was left to his own desires at the expense of the Nigerian people? The Iwealas paid $180,000, we paid $12bn plus commission, plus expenses and any egunjes for chi chi. Is she really a victim? The younguns, did they not know that their father was playing Doctors and Nurses at work? Did no one else see him? Did he not bring any of his tarts home? If he didn't or they didn't know, now they know. It does not make the victims that the world knows the truth about their father. If he were an alcoholic, would they be victims? He is only a congoholic, after all. Their mother went to work for one after all. Parents have always "embarrassed" their kids anyway, so no change there.
4. For Queen wotsits, well you are the closest approximation to a victim here. You are the real mu-gu. You lay down your congo in a car park for dollars so another man could photograph your indignity and walk away with the booty. Apparently, he was the brain behind your congo. Now you've got to do time and learn how to be an unpaid lesbo shiner.
5. Now winners, Queen is also a winner as her congo has inevitably been valued at $180,000. It is an official public valuation. But where is that boyfriend of hers? He should be working at INEC. He is the real winner here because he came up with a very simple scam and everybody else worked for him. He just collected the takings. Now he has to watch his back for the rest of his life. Ikemba won because he's still got his wife and house, job and what else. Many a guyman are envying him right now especially those who married oyibo. He has eaten his cake and has it same time though $180k short.
6. The lessons here are legion. Those career women should know that if your career takes you far for a long time, then bobo fit wander o. The other story is, if you marry a wanderer, he will still wander no matter what, and if you leave town, he will have a field day. A leopard never changes its spots. Those guymen married to "famous" women, should know that "away games" can be very expensive. What if Hajiya Queen had a baby(or twins, triplets etc?) for him? It would have probably cost him more than $180,000 in the end. Well, Ikemba has taken a few lessons away with him. If he only went to Blue Heaven on Ginuwa Street for Warri, Philo for give am everything he want for N10,000 for the best kwana-gida service (as a dollar earning been-to, if not locals pay only N5k) whether na for garage or for inside boot sef. Let's say he came back ten times, that is only N100,000 or less than $1,000.
Now, the sanctimonious among us who read the story first and then wished to dictate to the rest of us what is important or not, should learn to put a sock in it. Ngo can still be President(of her house) but only in your (wet) dreams. All she needs is enough people to believe that things actually got better. The main lessons for Hajiya Ngo are that, the laws of karma and Okafors law are all in view here. Do not fcuk your country for other people and once a congo is shined, it can always be shined again.
Well if she want do any or all of the above, Ikemba certainly no get leg to take stop am. We are still hearing whispers in the Capital City that though Ngo did not give the Field Marshall Congo Shiner of Owu, somebody else got lucky in the villa congo stakes. Watch this space and your back.
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, I go die for this place OOOOOOOOo!
Thank you, sir
the sanctimonious among us who read the story first and then wished to dictate to the rest of us what is important or not, should learn to put a sock in it.
Which is more "sanctimonious" ; to wallow and bask in entertainment from other people's private sexual moral issue with "hollier than thou" gossip and discussions, OR to wish them renewal of positive human spirit while the law takes its course.
It is even worse that the quoted statement is coming from someone who apparently is very familiar with where to go and how much it costs to do all kinds of things. Presumably a muslim, I suppose.
And then someone that I now percieve as a young lady is thanking the above teacher for his lessons. Young lady you had better learnt from a better teacher.