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27 Mar 2018

Police refuse to arrest IPMAN member after issuing dud cheques

The police at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, Lagos, have yet to arrest an executive member of the Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Babatope Adeeso, seven months after he was reported at the police unit for allegedly issuing dud cheques.

The case was reported in September 2017 and assigned to a policeman, identified as Ike, who reportedly refused to arrest the fuel marketer.

PUNCH Metro had reported that Adeeso sometime in April 2017 bought pairs of shoes, wristwatches, perfumes and clothes worth N496,000 for himself, wife and children, from a boutique operator, Mrs. Bola Omidiji, at 5, Education Close, UNILAG Estate, in the Magodo area of the state.

He had asked the woman to follow him to a branch of Guaranty Trust Bank in the area to transfer the money via an Automated Teller Machine when he could not pay through the Point of Sale terminal.

After failed attempts to transfer the money through the ATM, Adeeso reportedly collected the woman’s account number and promised to effect the payment later that day.

He, however, allegedly reneged on his promise and failed to pay the money on subsequent dates he gave the trader.

In July 2017, he allegedly issued her First Bank cheques in three tranches of the sum; but they were dishonoured.

When our correspondent contacted Adeeso in January 2018, he confirmed the debt and issuance of the dud cheques and promised to pay by the end of February.

Omidiji, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Monday, said a colleague of the fuel marketer mediated after the January 12 PUNCH’s report and there was an agreement that she would be paid N100,000 every week until the money was complete.

She said Adeeso broke the agreement after paying N174,000, adding that the Investigating Police Officer, Ike, always came up with excuses whenever she demanded that they visited the debtor’s base at Mosinmi depot, Ogun State, together.

She said, “The day the publication came out, his senior colleague, who is also an executive member of IPMAN called me. He said the publication was an embarrassment to IPMAN. He said Babatope (Adeeso) was entitled to a sum of N90,000 every week. Babatope later transferred N100,000 to my account. Two weeks after, I got another transfer of N74,400. Since then, his line has not been reachable.

“After he failed to meet up with the agreement, I called the IPO. He said he had gone to Monsimi twice, but he didn’t see Adeeso. I asked him that we should go there together and he promised that we would go the following Friday. I called him that day, but he did not pick my calls. Two days after, I called again and he said he travelled to Abuja for an urgent assignment.

“We fixed another appointment. On the day we were supposed to go, he said he got an urgent call to go to the Area F Police Command in Ikeja. He later told me that he had been transferred from the SCIID and that he had handed over the case.

“I met with a senior police officer, who is his boss. The man said the IPO did not hand over the case file and advised that the process of arresting him (Adeeso) would be started afresh. I am worried that the SCIID is not handling the case seriously.”

Repeated calls put across to Adeeso’s line by our correspondent indicated that it was switched off.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, promised to get back with comments.

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