So Okwudili Umenyiora, shown above in his mugshot, has been pointed to by those who allege to know as the owner of a very expensive private house located in Lekki and which pictures have been trending in the Nigerian blogosphere for the past few days. No one is sure how the pictures came online or whether in fact Okwudili is really the owner, but it seems some bloggers have taken time to do some background research on this guy.
As alleged by OMG Nigeria, Okwudili Umenyiora is listed by the Baldwin County, Alabama Corrections Center database, "as being that of a ‘Fugitive From Justice’ and on trial in Alabama for for running a big time check fraud operation, in which they used Nigeria’s name as part of the pitch for their scam."
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On the one hand, I'm happy some of us bloggers, like OMG and here, are thinking like journalists, but at the same time, I'm wondering at the timing of this news and how quickly everything unfolded. Could this be a set-up? Could some of his detractors be sending out all this news?
Even if it is true that Okwudili Umenyiora was a criminal in the past, hasn't he paid his dues by going to prison? Should a man's past be forever held against him? Where is the proof that the house belongs to Okwudili Umenyiora or that he built it with money made from credit card scams? Please let's be careful how fast we are to sling mud on ex-convicts.