Lagos State Police have arrested a 25-year-old woman, Joy Okeke, after her boyfriend, Ofoagbu Ekene, reportedly fled with 40,000 litres of diesel worth N7.2m.
The young woman was arrested along with one Lukman Kelani, a teacher who stood as guarantor for the suspect when he was employed as a driver at Northbridge Oil. Reports say that the company, Northbridge oil had sent the suspect Ekene to deliver the diesel at a filling station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 1.
However, the company became worried when after two days the filling station that was supposed to receive the fuel called that it was still waiting.
The matter was reported to the police after several failed attempts to contact Ekene. The Police eventually recovered the company’s empty tanker at Aba, Anambra State.
The police subsequently traced Ekene to his residence in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos on October 5 and picked his girlfriend up. The woman was said to have led the operatives to the guarantor’s house.
The girlfriend told the police that she was at home together with Ekene on October 1 when he received a call from the company to embark on the trip to Port Harcourt. “We have been together for four months now. I only know he hails from Abia State. I don’t know any of his family. We were at home on that day when he was called from the office to take fuel to Port Harcourt. He called me two days after, requesting that I send him recharge cards which I did. He said the vehicle he travelled in was faulty.”
“I was surprised when I was told by the police that he diverted the fuel and fled.” She said.
The guarantor, Kelani, said the woman Okeke, goes to the same church as he does and she persuaded him to vouch for Ekene when the company wanted to employ him.
The 35-year-old teacher, who hails from Ogun State, added that the last time he heard from Ekene was September 24, when he (Ekene) congratulated him on the telephone on the birth of his new born baby.
He said, “I stood as his guarantor because of the relationship between his lover and me. We attend the same church and teach in the same school. The last time we spoke was on the telephone. My wife just gave birth and Ekene called to congratulate us. I don’t know his whereabouts.”