A Peoples Democratic Party aspirant in the 2014 gubernatorial election in Plateau State, Jimmy Cheto, was on Thursday declared wanted by the Nigeria Police for issuing a dud cheque for a N22million loan obtained five years ago.
The warrant for Mr. Cheto’s arrest was issued by the office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to the notice by the police in Daily Trust of Thursday, June 11, Mr. Cheto issued a dud check to his creditors for a N22million loan obtained in August 25, 2010.
Mr. Cheto, however, speaking to journalists on Thursday at his residence in Jos, denied he was evading arrest by the police.
He said no police personnel had confronted him over the issue.
“I am a law abiding citizen,” he said. “How can I resist police arrest? No police personnel has demanded my attention on this matter. For more emphasis, I have not travelled out of this country in the last five years. I have been in Nigeria; presently, I reside here in Jos, No. 19 Nasarawa Road Jos, Plateau State, and no police officer has looked for me. How can they say I am nowhere to be found?
“I believe the publication in Daily Trust of today (Thursday), page 9 was done to embarrass my person. But as a law abiding citizen, I have consulted my lawyers and they have advised me accordingly. I told my lawyers to accompany me to the headquarters of the Nigeria police here in Jos to report myself to the commissioner of police, so I am not wanted.”
However, Mr. Cheto declined comment on the details of the N22 million loan. He said his lawyers have been fully briefed on the allegations against him.
The police had offered a reward to any person who locates Mr. Cheto and aids his arrest.