The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Idris Ibrahim, has invited an Anambra State-based businessman, Chief Cletus Ibeto, over his alleged involvement in the demolition of a N200 million property owned by the Group Chairman of Bontus Oil and Gas Company, Chief Bonaventure Uche Okafor.
A source in the IGP’s office said that “Ibeto was summoned on Friday but he was said to have travelled hence he was mandated to honour the IGP’s invitation without further delay.”
But in statement made available by Mr. Philip Ogbonna on behalf of Bontus Oil and Gas, he alleged that Ibeto trespassed on the said property.
At press time, Ibeto did not respond to any of the issues raised when contacted.
Even enquiries sent by the correspondent to his Whatsapp and text message sent to his mobile phones were not responded to.
But clips produced by the Bontus Oil and Gas showed that Ibeto’s fleet were inside the compound being demolished.
Ogbonna’s press statement read in part: “The Chairman of Ibeto Group of Companies, Chief Cletus Ibeto is in a trespass mess now at a property located at Obosi in Anambra State.
“The property in question was the property of Amazu Motors Nigeria Ltd located at Kilometre 6, Onitsha/Owerri Road Obosi, Anambra State. The businessman, who is respected widely, was said to have recruited some policemen and thugs and arrested people inside the property on Thursday, 30th March, 2017, destroying properties of the new landlord of the premises, Bontus Oil and Gas thereby meddling in an affair that does not concern him in anyway.
“The destruction of the properties of Bontus Oil and Gas in the said premises continued Sunday, 2nd April, 2017 by the Ochaha thugs hired to do the dirty job. An eyewitness who saw what happened on Sunday morning at Km 6 Obosi Road, said that the thugs pulled the wall behind the premises down thereby rendering the premises vulnerable to insecurity.
“Our investigations revealed that Amazu Oil Ltd, the former owners of the property alienated the petrol station within the larger property to Bontus Oil and Gas sometime in July 2016. The widow of the late Chairman of Amazu Motors, Monica Amazu, her daughter and fifth son were involved in executing the legal documents of the property to the new purchaser.”
The source went on that immediately after the transaction, Bontus Oil and Gas went to take possession of the property but was stopped because the Iwenofu family of Obosi, who were the original owners were not happy. Through their agent, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, they made their feelings known. Following this development, Bontus Oil and Gas referred to Mrs. Nkeiru Okezie who holds the power of attorney and who is the first daughter of the late Chairman of Amazu Motors and who was involved in the deal to intimate her about the development and the need to reimburse him the money he paid for the property.
The Iwenofu family informed Bontus Oil that there is a pending suit in court between the family and Amazu Motors and for that reason Bontus Oil and Gas will not be allowed to take possession.
At this stage, counsel to the Director of Amazu Motors, Obiora Chandals & Co, wrote Bontus to make proper inquiries and search over the property in question. Bontus Oil conducted a thorough search at Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja to ascertain the status of the property and discovered that Amaz Oil was a meddlesome interloper in the property, that the document of the property is in the name of Amazu Motors. Consequently, Iwenofu family and Amazu Motors settled out of court on the matter.