By Zainab Iwayemi
The Nigerian Police has declared wanted the founder and CEO at Shadownet Global Services Limited, Omini Ofem James, popularly known as Nero for fraud and obtaining money by false pretense.
A bulletin issued by the authority of the Inspector General of Police shows that he is wanted by the Nigeria Assistant Inspector General of Police (INTERPOL) head of the National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja force headquarters.
The warrant of arrest was issued by the magistrate/high court of Lagos and was triggered by a petition from Chive GPS, a dispute resolution company. The petition bothered on obtaining money by false pretenses and fraud against Omini Ofem James, Ivuoma Okoronkwo Vidah and Omini Ofem Rose.
Omini James was found wanting by the police for the offense of using social media space and other mediums of advertising for investment while posing as an investment mogul. He was trusted by the public to manage funds in foreign currency trading enterprises in exchange for a fixed return.
As highlighted by the debt management firm, Omini invaded the social media space and other mediums, advertising for investment and posing as an investment mogul to sell his scheme sometime in 2020. Oblivious to the large-scale fraud ahead, the sum of N52 million was transferred into Shadownet Global bank accounts by some investors who bought the scheme.
“The proposed transaction was packaged and designed to yield fixed interests. However, upon expiration of the investment, the chief masterminds, Omini Ofem James and Omini Ofem Rose, who fled to Dubai, UAE, stopped any form of communication with our Clients and have since become evasive, and we suspect the trio may have fled the country,” the statement read in part.
According to the debt resolution firm, this may have been a premeditated fraud that was disguised as a legal investment scheme due to false representations. “We believe they may have also swindled thousands of persons of billions of Naira and they may have diverted the funds into real estate and other personal endeavors,” it stated.