Businessman in Benue wants police to arrest fraudsters who duped him
A businessman, Abel Ochia, has cried to the police authorities in Benue State to bring to book an alleged fraud syndicate gang leader, one Godwin of Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area who allegedly duped him of a trailer load of timber wood worth N5 million.
Ochia, an engineer, in a statement also called on the security agents to save his life from alleged further torture in the hands of the accused and his boys.
Narrating his ordeal, Engineer Ochia said it all started on the 17th of December, 2016 when he had a trailer load of wood but was short of N100,000 to clear his papers to move. He then, approached the chairman of Wood Processing in Benue, Tor Degeh to borrow to complete the payment but was not possible.
He said rather the chairman asked him to sell the trailer load of wood to Godwin who agreed to pay N5 million but with advance payment of N1.7 million that same night but failed to do so and “asked me to move the truck to Aliade, Gwer East LGA. This happened in front of some union members too.”
According to Ochia, before they could reach Aliade, the truck developed mechanical faults and the suspect brought out N50,000 for repairs which was to be deducted from the total sum.
He said on reaching the town, the tires of the trailer got burst and I demanded that the N1.7 million be given to me but he only brought out N270, 000 through one Solomon, and on reaching Owerri after the repairs on December 25, 2016 a total of N710,000 was incurred to be deducted from his total sum.
Ochia who said the suspect told him that he was waiting for a container and urged him to travel home to see his people for the Yuletide. And received an alert of N500,000.
“But on my return since 9th of January, 2017, the day I learnt they loaded my woods into a container, I did not set my eyes on Godwin again,” he stated.
He added: “On the 16th of November, Ochia arrested Godwin with a brand new Toyota corolla which was taken to the Area Command in Gboko. He was granted bail same day and the said car which he bought from proceeds of his goods was released to him. From reliable investigation, i found out that the said Godwin was loading a trailer load of same wood. With the approval of the Investigation Police Officer, I went to monitor the loading in order to impound the trailer by through the police. Godwin sent his boys to beat me up, and I lost some valuables and cash. He also ordered for my arrest although I was immediately released on getting to Makurdi.
“ I am appealing to the Inspector General of Police and the Benue State Commissioner of Police to help me retrieve to said funds or my wood.”
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