A soldier , Chidera Okoro , has absconded after allegedly tricking the owner of a betting shop , Agbai Matthew, into staking the sum of N 146 , 000 on some games for him on credit in his shop at No. 51 Efians- Okereke Road , Aba , in the Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
Reports gathered that Okoro , who visited Matthew’ s shop , promised to refund the money that same day , but refused to fulfil his promise after he lost the entire amount to gambling .
When Okoro was done staking on the games, our correspondent learnt that Matthew and his friend , Samuel Ajike, followed the soldier to his parent ’ s house in the hope of getting paid , but he reportedly escaped through the back door .
Matthew said , “ I run a Bet9 ja shop and Okoro came to my shop to stake money on some games on credit .
When I asked for the money , he promised to transfer it to my account immediately and so we proceeded.
He tricked me into funding the account so that he could stake money on the games. At first , I funded the account with N 40 , 000 , but when he lost the money , he asked me to fund the account again and I declined .
“ I demanded that he transferred the amount he borrowed from me and he asked for my account number.
After I gave him , he made an attempt to transfer the money but it wasn’ t successful .
It was at that point that he suggested that I should follow him home to get my money.
I was still contemplating whether to follow him or not when he asked for additional funding of N 50, 000 . Since I would be following him home , I funded the account .
“ Later, he demanded more funding of N 20, 000 and N 36, 000 , which I obliged .
I became heartbroken when he ran away through the back door after Ajike and I had followed him to his parent ’ s house in Umule to get my money as agreed . I have not seen him since then. ”
The 31- year – old said efforts to get back his money had proved abortive.
The case , however , took another dimension as Okoro allegedly threatened to kill Matthew because of his persistent demand for his money .
Matthew stated, “ Ajike and I waited for hours but we did not see him ; but when we saw his mother , she said I had to settle the matter with Okoro .
The most painful thing is that whenever I call him to demand my money, he usually threatens to torture and kill me .
If anything happens to me , people should hold Okoro liable .
“ I want those in authority to please caution him and intervene so that he can refund my money , because the betting company I trade with has blocked my account as a result of the transaction.
I have been suffering in silence and have no one to give me money to start all over again . ”
Ajike told our correspondent that he was surprised that Okoro decided to run away .
The 25 – year – old said , “ When we got to his parents’ house , Okoro asked us to wait in the parlour and ran away through the back door .
We went back the next day but didn’ t see him , but we saw his brother, who told us that Okoro owed another person .
I was there when he was staking money on some games on credit at Matthew’ s shop. ”
When contacted , Okoro , said he left Aba after spending six months there on special duty , adding that he did not owe anybody .
“ I don’ t owe anybody .
How do you think somebody can willingly play a game on credit for somebody else ?
Does that make any sense ?
I don’ t know the person you are talking about ; I do not owe anybody and I don’ t have any business with anybody .
I spent six months in Aba , because I was on special duty there , and when I was done, I went back to my base in Port Harcourt.
However , the Deputy Director , Army Public Relations, 6 Division , Nigerian Army , Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said Okoro was not from the division, adding that efforts were being made to fish him out.
Iliyasu stated , “We have done a thorough search in the 6 Division consisting of Akwa Ibom , Bayelsa , Delta and Rivers states for the name , Chidera Okoro , which you provided , and I can authoritatively confirm to you that he is not from the 6 Division .
“ Despite this , we are determined to fish out this man (Okoro ) , who has given you information that is wrong . We have a clue and we are determined to fish him out.
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