A retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army has been arrested for allegedly stealing a car.
A retired senior military officer, Colonel Bassey Jackson-Umoh, has been arrested by the police in Calabar, Cross River State, for allegedly stealing a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Steven Okpupken, the chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, reports Punch.
According to the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP John Eluu, Jackson-Umoh was arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, following complaints by the Hon. Okpupken on the missing car after he had given it to a car dealer to sell.
Eluu told newsmen that the retired colonel who allegedly posed as Maj.-Gen Peter Williams, attached to the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, had issued a dud cheque to the car dealer and left an old Toyota Camry car in the dealer’s custody.
“On October 5, 2015, one Mr. Steven Okpukpen, a member of the state House of Assembly, came to the command with a written petition that he gave out his 2008 Toyota Highlander for sale. He gave the light blue vehicle to the owner of Micah Motors to be placed for sale at the cost of N3m.
He stated that to his surprise, the manager of Micah Motors informed him that one retired Maj. Gen. Peter Williams came to his car shop and indicated interest to buy the Highlander and another Honda Accord car for N7.5m.
In his petition, he also stated that the said retired colonel, who introduced himself as Maj. Gen. Peter Williams, had on October 3, issued a post-dated cheque to be cashed on October 5, by the Managing Director of Micah Motors. But on presentation of the cheque to the bank, it was dishonoured by the bank for insufficient funds.
During investigation, the suspect confessed to the police that his real name was Col. Bassey Jackson-Umoh (retd). He said that Maj. Gen. Peter Williams was his fake business name which he used in duping members of the public.
He equally confessed that he was fully aware that there was no money in the said bank account. He confessed that since his Toyota Camry car was bad and he needed a new car and had no money to buy a new one, he had to convince the car dealer that there was money in the said bank account. He did this dirty deal so as to allow him take possession of the Toyota Highlander and the Honda car.”
Meanwhile, when he was paraded by the Command, Jackson-Umoh, according to the reports, allegedly boasted that he would deal with all those connected with his travail when he regained his freedom.
“At the end of the day, the truth will come out and I will deal with all those connected with this and everybody connected will pay for it,” he boasted.