Court grants Police order to arrest, detain Lagos businesswoman over alleged N250m fraud

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Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the request of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Alkali Baba Usman to arrest and detain a Lagos businesswoman, Mrs. Min Ling, for 90 days.

Ekwo ordered that the woman, alleged to have duped two London-based businessmen to the tune of about N250 million, be kept in police custody upon her arrest pending completion of an investigation into the complaints of fraud against her.

The 90 days detention is to commence counting from the day of her arrest in any part of Nigeria or abroad.

The judge granted the arrest and detention request while delivering the ruling in an ex-parte application filed by the Inspector General of Police.

In affidavit evidence in support of the ex-parte motion, the police chief claimed to have received a petition from a Lagos-based Spirit Law Firm on behalf of two London-based businessmen, Demein Oluwagbemi and Ogunleye Temitope, complaining that they have been defrauded to the tune of about N250 million.

The petition indicated that the two London businessmen are cryptocurrency trading, dealing in Bitcoin transactions with the wanted woman as their agent in Nigeria.

The affidavit further alleged that the woman, after defrauding them to the huge amount, relocated from her Ikeja known address and also changed her telephone number to cut her victims off from having access or contact with her.

Police authorities claimed that preliminary investigation revealed that the woman had escaped to an unknown destination alongside others involved in the alleged fraud.

Justice Ekwo after scrutinizing the affidavit evidence granted the order to the IGP to go after the suspect for her arrest and detention for 90 days only.

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