Continued from Part 3
(Hamed is not real name. I forgot the real name).
just came out of the bank when some young boys and girls bombarded me. They were promoting the sales of 'Visafone'. I showed Hamed the different lines I already had; MTN, GLO, Etisalat & Airtell. I told him I had enough. But when he said he was a Polytechnic graduate doing that kind of job, I sympathized with him and decided to buy it since my campaign is largely empowerment of the youths. It was for N3,000.00 exclusive of his commission. So I returned to the ATM machine and withdrew what much was needed.
Then he put another request that I should give him money, which I turned down. I told him I purchased the phone as an act of sympathy for his plight and not that I desire any further line. But because I did not give him extra money, unknown to me, Hamed put a fake sim card inside the set. Only God knows how many times I drove back to the bank premises to complain to him that the set did not work. He was always finding an excuse and promising to call the office to rectify the fault and activate it. It never worked.
One day I returned to the premises and was told that Visafone company had fired (sacked) him for his several fraudulent acts. I was sorry for him but I am satisfied that he got a reward he deserved
This story and the one that follows will set you reeling in laughter.
I purchased an extension cord from Aboki who was hawking his wares in a cart. I got home to discover that my 'Airtell set' was missing. I called the phone and it became the voice of Aboki. He could not communicate well neither in Yoruba nor in English. Fortunately my House cleaner speaks Hausa language fluently. Aboki said he had travelled out of town. We pleaded that he should let us know whenever he was back in town.
After some days, I asked my House cleaner to check on Aboki. All of a sudden, I just heard my cleaner roaring in laughter. Aboki warned us never to call him again, else we will be insulted. "You lost a phone and you are crying, supposing it had been the loss of a child?"
It was rainy heavily. A car owner saw someone walking in the rain; wanting to be a good citizen, he pulled his car to the side, beckoned to the man inside the rain and gave him a ride. The car owner got home to discover that his phone was missing. He called the phone. The man he had helped answered. Trying to negotiate where they can meet in order to collect his phone, the one who was helped said "Oga e ju be yen lo now. Forget about the phone" i.e "You are a big man now, let the phone go"
All these indicate how depraved, our character and moral had become.
I cannot comprehend the reason for the harassments we were receiving from the telephone companies sometimes in the recent past, asking us to come and register our phones, stipulating a last date when the lines should be registered, otherwise they would cut our lines, when after the phone is stolen, they would not be prepared to fish out the thief. They asked us to register to prevent theft. Phone theft stopped initially but after noticing that Phone companies made only empty threats, phone theft has returned in full swing.
Another frustrating thing is the terrible reception of those phones with no way of getting rebate for unconnected lines or poor reception. Same with internet services
Continued from Part 3