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Police arrest forex trader for fraud

By Michael Ofulue

Forex trader, Chukwulem Gospel is being investigated by the Inspector-General over internet business amounting to several millions of Nigeria.
Chukwulem, trading under the name, Eseka Chukwulem Gospel investment was arrested in Akure before he was transferred to Abuja following series of petitions to IGP over the matter.
According to police source, the accused was arrested on the June 29 following complaints lodged against him by persons who alleged him of duping them.
The Federal High Court sitting in Akure has ordered the immediate release of Eseka Chukwutem Gospel who was unlawfully detained by the Police.
The Hope Metro gathered that the court, presided over by Justice Folasade Olubanjo, had earlier ordered the police to release Chukwuetem, a forex trader, after his lawyer brought an application for the enforcement of his Fundamental Rights.
It was learnt that the court on July 10, granted an order for the immediate release of the applicant, but the police did not comply with the court order.
Operatives of the Special Anti-Scopion Squad, along FUTA North Gate in Akure, were said to have arrested Chukwutem Gospel on June 29, following an allegation that he traded in Forex business, in which some investors were reportedly duped.
Upon his arrest, the applicant’s friends were said to have engaged the services of two lawyers, Mr Olumide Ogele and Ademola Adewumi to enforce Chukwuetem’s fundamental rights
The lawyers had approached the court for the enforcement of the fundamental right of their client by a Motion on Notice and Motion Exparte, seeking his immediate release.
The Applicant, Gospel, was said to have been unlawfully arrested and detained by the police without a charge since June 29, 2020.
When the matter came up for hearing, counsel to the applicant informed the court that the Nigeria police in their usual way did not comply with the court order to release their client.
Ogele canvassed that the continuous stay in detention of the applicant was a flagrant violation of his rights.
He also maintained that his client had not committed any crime known to law which warranted the police to arrest and detain him indefinitely.
The counsel advised the Nigeria Police to comply with the court order by releasing his client from unlawful detention.
Justice F.A. Olubanjo, therefore, directed the counsel should contact his client and ensure he was brought to court on the next date of hearing.
However, when the case came up yesterday the prosecution of counsel, Mr Samuel Ogala and Mr Abitogun informed the court that IGP Muhammed Adamu had directed that the matter should be transferred to Abuja hence, the applicant had been taken to Abuja.

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