INTERPOL Declares 16 Nigerians Wanted
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Sixteen Nigerians are on the International Criminal Police Organisation‘s (INTERPOL) Red Notice for various crimes.
The Nigerians, 14 males and two females, are wanted by several countries, including India, France, Argentina, and Canada.
French officials have been hunting for Jessica Esohe Edosomwan, 29, since 2017 for human smuggling and prostitution, while Argentina wants 58-year-old Boniface Uche Egbue, born in Ahoada (Ahuda, Ehuda), a city in Rivers State’s Orashi region northwest of Port Harcourt, for smuggling.
Eneh Uzoma, 49, is wanted in Brazil for international cocaine trafficking, while Edem Mbuotidem Asuquo, a felon wanted in Ghana for robbery and rape, is on INTERPOL’s Red Notice despite being apprehended two years ago.
Charles Chinweikpe Ezekwem, 29 years old, is wanted in Equatorial Guinea. Ezekwem is from the Okponkume community in Imo’s Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area.
In addition, Uruguay is looking for Chinedu Festus Ezeunara, who has ties to organised crime and drug trafficking while Nicaragua is hunting for Benedict Okoro, a 55-year-old Nigerian.
Akachi Vitus, Alcachi Nwokorie Stanley, and Ikechukwu Malahi Obidiozor are wanted by Angolan authorities for kidnapping, robbery, and illegal possession of firearms, while Mary Eze, 49, is wanted in Denmark for suspected involvement in human trafficking.
Bouhari Salif is wanted by Chinese authorities for drug smuggling. Salif, 50, is a native of Zinder, Niger State.
Canada submitted Timloh Butchang Nkem’s details to INTERPOL’s Red Notice for his alleged involvement in sexual assault. Canadian authorities also charged the 33-year-old with failure to comply with the condition of recognisance.
Ifakemi Adeshina is wanted by Brazil for international drug smuggling, and Festus Okromi is wanted by India over criminal conspiracy. Adeshina is 52 years old, while Okromi is 57.
INTERPOL’s Red Notice lists Frankle Austine da Costa as a Nigerian wanted in India for forgery. Costa is 59 years old. Indian authorities have charged Costa with “criminal conspiracy; having possession of document knowing it to be forged and intending to use it as genuine; forgery of valuable security, will etc; forgery for purpose of cheating”.
The Red Notice is used to simultaneously alert police in INTERPOL member countries about internationally wanted fugitives. Police in other countries can then be on the watch for them and use the Red Notice to support extradition proceedings.