The Chairman of the Police Equipment Foundation, Chief Kenny Martins, was on Tuesday arrested in Abuja by the police.
He was arrested about 4.30 pm within the premises of the Abuja Magistrate’s Court located at Zone 2, Wuse District of Abuja where he had taken refuge since morning when news of the impending arrest got to him.
For over seven hours, plain-clothed policemen had laid siege on the court while Martins refused to come out because he was aware the police were waiting outside.
He had been wanted by the police for allegedly defrauding an American Company known as Calvary Security Group of $97.5m.
He was taken to the Force Criminal Investigation Department at Area 10, Garki, Abuja.
The policemen, who claimed to be acting on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, and numbering about 500, blocked all the exits from where their target could escape.
The Abuja High Court had on April 10, also quashed the warrant of arrest issued by the police for Martins’ arrest.
It was, however, a cat and mouse game as Martins vowed not to leave the court room while the Police also vowed not to leave the court premises until he came out to be picked up.
However, at about 5pm, the police lost their temper and forced their way into the court room and forcefully took him away in an 18-seater Toyota bus with registration No, DL 787ABC.
He was taken to the CID section where a team of detectives had been waiting for him for interrogation on the alleged $97.5m scam.
Attempts by Chief Magistrate Sunday Ochimana earlier in the day to know the mission of the policemen were frustrated twice as they turned back the court registrar sent by the magistrate.
The policemen insisted that they were acting on the orders of the IG.
The Chief Magistrate who was apparently embarrassed by the Police siege attempted to reach Okiro on phone but the Police chief did not pick the calls.