Mahmood Ahmadu, an associate of former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who was purported to be on the radar of INTERPOL for alleged financial scam, is not on the wanted list of the International Police, investigations revealed.
Findings by The Street Journal indicated that no time did InNTERPOL declare Amhadu wanted or invited him for interrogation of any kind contrary to reports that he was being soght to answer questions regarding immigration job tragedy.
A national daily had reported sometime in February this year that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had contacted INTERPOL for the arrest and deportation of Ahmadu, who was said to have colluded with Moro to defraud job seekers million of naira.
But investigations showed that the story may have been cooked and dished to the Nigerian public to rubbish Ahmadu’s character.
In course of investigation, it was found out that Ahmadu freely moves about without any fear of arrest. He is neither in hiding nor evading arrest as his residential address is well known to all.
The Street Journal further scooped that Ahmadu is doing his business without restriction or harassment.
According to a source close to him, ,Ahmadu is a free man. The company he was a director was given a job to do at the immigration, which the company carried out to the best of the terms of agreement. And apart from that, Ahmadu was just a director in the said company. He personally did not get a kobo from the job, not to talk of fleecing the nation.
He stated further that it was a legitimate deal, without any hidden agenda, as being alleged in some quarters.
“Look, he got the contract at the immigration just any other business man would have. He carried out the job according to specification, and after completion he got paid for the job. “To say that he is being sought by INTERPOL because of that is a big lie. There was no time any security agency either in Nigeria or international ever declared him wanted.
“The newspaper report that he was being wanted by INTERPOL was highly biased against Ahmadu and must have been planted by his detractors.
“In due course he would react to that publication and the lies behind it will be exposed”, he said.
Meanwhile, when this paper inquired of the true state of things from INTERPOL offices in Lagos and Abuja, a source said at no time did they declare Ahmadu wanted.
Apart from that, the source said when a person is declared wanted, it is never published on the pages of newspapers, saying their operation is mostly covert.
When the Metropolitan Police, London, was also contacted it was the same answer. It said they do not have such name on their watch list, adding that the Nigerian government nor any of its security agencies applied to the Metropolitan Police for the arrest of Ahmadu.
Attempt to hear from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) did not yield result as its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujiaren did not reply SMS sent to his mobile line as the time of going to press.