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Police Close In On Matharoo Sisters, Bench warrant presented at Canadian Embassy

The Nigeria Police, prosecuting the extortion and cyber bullying case against Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, have finally admitted that the Canadian courtesans have eloped!

Many days back, the Police presented the Canadian Embassy with a bench warrant (an order that an accused should be arrested and brought before a court), indicating that the sisters have fled from justice.

The absence of Jyoti (32) and Kiran (30) before Mr. A.O. Ojo of Yaba Magistrate Court (in Sabo, Lagos) on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, triggered a series of moves which led to the arrest and remand of one of their sureties in Ikoyi Prisons (also in Lagos) since Friday, January 27. The case, now adjourned to Wednesday, March 1, will most likely be shifted again as only one of the accused persons, Babatunde Oyebade  (43), is around.

Tales of the disappearance of Matharoo sisters gained momentum shortly after their release. Insiders claimed that they eloped to Canada, with sources saying that they planned a trip to Las Vegas in the United States of America.

With the possibility of diligently prosecuting the case very slim unless with the involvement of men of lnternational Police who could arrest and escort the Canadians of Indian descent to Nigeria, the end of the sensational sextortion tale capable of ruining souls and damaging homes may be here.

Arrested around December 17 by the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Unit from Abuja working in conjunction with Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the sisters and their accomplice, were kept at SARS detention centre in GRA Ikeja (Lagos). And on Friday, December 23, they were granted bail at the Yaba Magistrate Court. The case – at the instance of billionaire mogul behind Forte Oil, Femi Otedola – was adjourned to Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

A Police officer told Encomium Weekly about the developments in the case: “There is a bench warrant against the sisters, and a copy was served at the Canadian Embassy to officially inform them that Jyoti and Kiran have jumped bail. We have established that they are not in Nigeria, even though we have their passports.

“The process of fishing them out is ongoing, and with the assistance of INTERPOL, they would soon be brought to face justice.

“The case has been assigned to a High Court. Monday, February 27 should have been their day in court, but since they are at large, that’s impossible.

“The case at the Magistrate court is on Wednesday, March 1.”

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