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Isaac Job, Uyo
Tragedy struck the family of Bassey Akpan Udo in Ekom Iman Village in the outskirt of Uyo metropolis as a lady believed to be his son fiancée burnt down the house and disappeared with one million naira cash last weekend.
The fire was however quenched through the assistance of concerned neighbours who rushed to the scene in response to wailings of other tenants in the building.
Narrating his ordeal to our correspondent in Uyo weekend, the landlord Bassey Akpan Udo, a farmer, blamed the fire incident on the son’s fiancé who left the house immediately before the inferno occurred at about 7.pm on the fateful day.
“In fact I was alerted to the fire incident by my grandson, Matthew who reported when the smoke started booming out immediately after Veronica left the house with her luggage to a waiting commercial motorcyclist.’
He said he suspected something has happened if Veronica had come and left immediately without her usual greeting to him.
He then alerted the neighbours who help to put out the fire, until the father called his son from the church and went to his room having seen his room razed down by fire.
His father then narrated what happened while he (Ubong) was away to the church – and he (Ubong) suspected that Veronica has escaped with his N1 million and set his room ablaze.
Ubong who was speaking amidst tears explained that the money was given to him by his father to establish a welding workshop anywhere in the town and confirmed that the money was given in the presence of family members including the fiancée identified as Veronica Emmanuel Akpan.
The victim further explained that both of them were in love affairs for two years before his heart- throb brought calamities to the family last weekend.
Continuing, Ubong disclosed that after the family meeting where the cash was given to him, Veronica approached requesting that part of the money be given to her to boost her business at the community market known as Okpo-okpo market.
Ubong maintained that he never objected to her request as he assured Veronica to wait until the workshop be established first and the balance would be given to her in a short time.
He said, Veronica’s countenance suddenly changed unknown to him that his lover had another secret plans having known where the money was kept.
Lamenting, Ubong said he never envisaged that his lover could go that extent of running away with his money.
He regretted the effort of his father at developing him to that level, adding that “my father had already bought 6.5KVA Leister Engine for me to use for the welding work in the workshop he was about to establish for me”.
In an interview, Ubong said his lover hails from Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of the state.
Counting his loses, the landlord lamented that the inferno has destroyed the building with cracks due to severe burns that would cost him fresh renovation.
He solicited assistance from individuals, groups and organisations to come to his aid while appealing to members of the public to give useful information that could help the police to arrest the culprit as handsome reward awaits such persons.
In a telephone interview, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Odiko Maccdon said, he was not aware of the incident as it was not reported to the station, and urged the victim to lodge the matter at the nearest police station for immediate investigation.