Few days after he was paraded for stealing a car, a retired colonel has been accused of defrauding a lawyer.
A few days ago, Bassey Jackson-Umoh, a man who claimed to be a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army, was paraded by the Cross River State Police Command for allegedly stealing a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to a lawmaker in the state, and issuing a dud cheque to a car dealer.
But it seems the man is a serial fraudster as an Akwa Ibom State born lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has opened up on how the man duped him of N50,000 in September, 2015, by presenting himself as a Major General attached to the Security Unit of the Presidency.
After reading of the arrest of the man, Effiong narrated the circumstances that led to Jackson-Umoh defrauding him thus:
“The same person tactically duped me of N50, 000 on September 23, 2015, after an encounter at a bank in Uyo. That particular day was the anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom State, so most banks were not open for normal business transactions.
On experiencing this little setback at that branch of the bank, the suspect, who was also in the banks offered to take me to another branch where he was sure would be open. I did not suspect anything and had to join him because he looked responsible.
In the course of driving, he told me that he was Maj-Gen Paulka Williams in charge of the personal security of the President, and I had no cause to doubt him. Eventually we got to the bank and it was also locked. At that point he asked me to give him the N50, 000 on trust and that he would give it back to me on Monday. I did not have cause to doubt him.
He gave me his telephone number and I called to confirm, it rang. The true caller application on my phone revealed his name as Paulka Williams, and that made me to believe him the more.
I gave him the money. Unfortunately, after that day, his phone line never went through again. So, when I saw his picture in newspapers, I knew his day of reckoning had come.”