By Ahmad Tijjani Abdul
A High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday ordered the Nigeria Police Force, (NPF) an Order to declare the Directors of Paz Oil Nigeria Limited; Ibrahim Shehu Tenimu and Jemima Monosoko Shehu wanted for allegedly conspiring to defraud Dr. Kamoru Ibitoye Yusuf, owner of Kam Steel Nigeria limited of $400,000.
The Order followed failed attempts by the police to prosecute the prime suspect, Ibrahim Shehu Tenimu now at large.
Lately, a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin had in August remanded Esther Shehu and David Kpanaki at the Federal Correctional Centre on the strength of a petition written dated July 18, 2023
by Tafa Ahmed & Co Solicitors & Advocates on behalf of Dr. Yusuf.
All the accused persons were arraigned on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, screening an offender, obstruction of justice and obtaining by false pretence.”
The offences contravened Sections 97, 322, 167 and 148 of the Penal Code Law and 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud/other related Offences Act Cap. A6 LFN
According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), Ibrahim Tenimu Shehu and Jemima Monosoko Shehu, now at large allegedly conspired with Kpanaki, who identified himself as the director of Paz Oil, to fraudulently sell a vessel MT ORYX TRADER as MT REMOS to the petitioner.
The police FIR explained that “That the suspects dishonestly presented the vessel as free and not subject to any administrative detention, knowing fully well that it is a subject of a court Order.”
That “on the account of fraudulent presentation by Ibrahim Tenimu Shehu, Jemima Monosoko and Kpanaki David caused financial loss to the petitioner to the tune of $400,000 in addition to the purchase price of the vessel and absconded”.
The charge sheet further added that “when the suspects were later tracked by a team of Police operatives to Abuja for possible arrest, the second accused, Esther Shehu, obstructed the officers by dishonesty called your accomplice who claimed to be the DPO of the jurisdiction who deceitfully led the operatives to leave the premises with a promise that the suspect Tenimu Shehu Ibrahim (at large), will meet them at the police station by 12pm.”
However “the prime suspect was whisked out of the premises by Kpanaki in a Blue Tinted Toyota Corolla to an unknown destination”, the sheet added.
Since the arrest and detention of his accomplices, the prime suspect has remained at large. Consequently, the Prosecutor leaving no stone unturned have apply that the suspect at large be declared wanted and a warrant of arrest issued for their apprehension.
The prayers was granted by the High Court of Kwara State against the fugitives, as efforts intensified to arrest him.
Meanwhile, the duo of Esther Sheu, and David Kpanaki are still in detention.