I was DUPED, Chapter 2

Case file 101– The Circle Adventure

In case you missed the first chapter, you can read it here

Sunday-Monday

The pity party started, my friend said it was okay, at least we weren’t harmed. Everyone told me I should “fama Nyame”(Leave it to God), my mum offered to buy the phone for my friend, I refused. I gave AB my phone as compensation, she refused, she said I should forget about it bad things happen.

Tuesday(Enter Detective Achere)

The pity party was over, I needed the money back. I called tonaton to report the case, I wanted them to match the ip address of the thieves(They had pulled the ads with those numbers down but I still had the link) to new posts. They said I needed a police report. I called tigo and asked for the process of getting numbers last dialled on a number, they said I needed a court order. I went to the police station in my area to report but they said I should report in the area the thing happened (Circle), I explained that all I needed was a police report for an investigation, they said I should go to Circle. The “fama Nyame” advice was slowly sinking in.

Wednesday-Thursday

I hadn’t slept since the incident happened, I hadn’t calmed down to think properly. I prayed and told God, I will “fama Nyame” but he must help me find the thieves, God is omniscient and omnipresent. I tried the 057 and 026 numbers again, they were all off. I finally managed to sleep for 3 hours.

Friday(I will look for you)

I was up and on the internet again, I was looking for similar ads and patterns just in case the guy decided to post again (They usually ask for very low prices and use new numbers). He uses tonaton and Olx, I found a suspicious post selling an htc one m8 for GHS1400. I called one gangster cousin, I narrated everything to him, he agreed to send me to Circle in case it was the same guy. We went to Circle and I decided to pass by the Nima police station to report the case. I was directed to a police station at Circle(I didn’t know about their existence). The policewoman on duty said I shouldn’t worry and she gave me the number of a policeman to assist me. I went to meet the guy at busy internet, it was a fake phone and it wasn’t even him. The policewoman said I should come back on Saturday.

Saturday

It had been a week now, I went to the police station at 12pm, I was disguised and sent to the place where the Chinese phones were offloaded and sold(the den of thieves). I didn’t see the guy there. I realised this method won’t work.

Monday (I will find you)

I was up on tonaton and Olx again and Google too. Doing some keyword searches then I found it, another post selling an iphone 5s gold under a name containing Abass. It was around 6pm, I sent the police a whats app message that I think I have the guy. I made a male friend call, they said the phone was available.

Tuesday (I will come after you)

Around 11am, I asked the police how far. He said he made a girl call,they had agreed on a price, GHS 1400, for an iphone 5s gold, the people kept calling to meet but he scheduled it for the following day,  I said NO! we had to meet them now.

1:00pm

We planned to meet them at Eddy’s Pizza at 2pm, but the police said it’s never one guy, they move in groups with motorcycles. They will get there earlier to check if you were alone so we should wait.

2:00pm

They kept calling the girl, she didn’t pick.

4:00pm

We got to Eddy’s Pizza, the girl called back with the excuse that her boss sent her. The iphone guy said he had left. She begged him to come back. We went with three policemen all dressed as civilians. Two policemen were in the next restaurant, we were at Eddy’s Pizza and the macho policeman was  sitting outside. The stage was set.

6:00pm

We kept calling him, every time he had a different excuse; he was at Kanda, he was at kaneshie,he was in traffic. He suggested we met at Vodafone, the girl refused.

We waited.

The first motorcycle came to pass around 6:15pm, the second one came to stop in front of Eddy’s pizza. It was a different guy,he alighted and told the motor rider to wait for him. He called and asked her girl to come out. She went out, went into a corner with the guy.  The moment the guy gave the phone to the girl to inspect (the original one they show you), the macho policeman standing there took the phone from her hand, searched the guy and found on him a box with a fake iphone. I checked the imei number of the original iphone, it was the same as the one they tried selling to me. The other gang members started coming around,they were 5, but they were afraid of the police. They wanted to cause confusion and the police marched all of them to the station.

Long story short 

I had my money back by Wednesday afternoon, GHS1700. My father didn’t teach me “fama Nyame”,he taught me to stand for what I believed in. The thieves underrated me and my computer science degree and the fact that I went to private school for 9 years, but I no bore.

To God be the Glory.

NB: In case you get duped in Circle, look for the Circle police station and report the case. It’s by the filling station by the first overhead after busy internet.

 

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I was DUPED!

Case file 101 – The Circle Adventure(The misadventures of Achere)

A friend, let’s call her AB, wanted an iPhone 5s. I called a few friends to help me get one (my friends are always selling phones). Most of the people who I knew were selling had run out, then one friend called saying he had got one and gave me a number to call, I called the person and we agreed to meet at the mall. You see, I didn’t know my friend got the number off tonaton.

We met the guy, the phone had touch issues so we told him we didn’t want it and headed for circle to buy it at Freddie’s corner. The guy, let’s call him Uche, said he had other iphones and would meet us in circle. I told him it wasn’t necessary. Now, I used my number to call everyone except Uche,  no one  knew that number I used for Uche.  On the way to circle, I saw a 057 number calling me,thinking it was Uche (he had a 026 number), I picked about to tell him I didn’t want the phone anymore when I heard another voice. This guy, let’s call him Abass, said he was selling an iphone 5s gold for GHS1700(Last I checked, before the cedi decided to fall, that was a good price for an iPhone). We agreed to meet at busy internet.

Saturday 1:50pm, Busy internet

We got to busy internet and called him, he said he had sent one of his boys who was coming from Abeka. They had a shop in Achimota.

2:30pm, Busy internet

His boy finally arrived, let’s call him Obidi, and showed us the phone. AB checked the serial number and imei number to make sure it was original, it was.  Then Obidi said we would have to add 100gh because his boss sent him to bring me the phone. I got confused, the phone was GHS1700, he would have to discuss that with his boss.  He called his boss, I spoke to him and said the best I could give him was 1710gh. The boss said I should explain it to him to clear any confusion, I had given him the money and had the phone in hand. The guy refused the 100gh, so I took my money back and gave him his phone. We took like two steps then he said its okay, he will take the money like that. We agreed on it, I was running late so I flagged down a taxi, we sat down, switched the phone on just to see an android version of an iphone. The guy swapped the phone last minute and gave us a fake one. I told the driver to turn around, when we got there, the guy had left. I called him to tell him that I had left something in the envelope so he should bring it back, he said okay.

3:05pm, Busy internet

We came back to busy internet and waited for 30 minutes, he didn’t come. I called him again and told him to come, he laughed. I told him, I will look for him, I will find him and come after him. He cut the call, I called again and the phone was switched off. I called Uche and he was still asking if I wanted to meet him in circle. I asked him about  the guy he sent to bring the phone, he said he didn’t send anyone.

I laughed and looked for a chair to sit down in case I felt like collapsing.

I had been duped.

To be cont’d…

 

Africa Android Challenge

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The Africa Android Challenge is an annual competition organised by GDG and Java communities in Africa for android developers across the continent. It provides a platform for devs to build apps relevant to the African continent, give recognition to the devs and win prizes. My friend PK Opoku and I decided to take part again. We took part in previous years, the first time we built an hausa to english dictionary, the second time I worked on a phone locator using GPS, but we didn’t win 😦 so when the email came February this year, we didn’t want to take part because we had school projects to work on. The deadline for submitting apps was however extended to April and our lecturers went on a strike.

The apps were in 2 sections; native android apps and apps using the Google Apps Api. Previously, we built native android apps, this time around, we decided to challenge ourselves and use the Google Apps Api to build our app (Google’s documentations can be a little difficult to understand if you are a beginner like us, we spent three-quarters of the development time reading and understanding them). At first, we wanted to build an app using the Google Drive Api but file sharing permissions was going to be a problem, so we used the Google Plus Api (Its really cool, you should try it). We decided to build a social app running on the Google Plus Api that would facilitate football banter (Africans love their football). The app we named VUVUZELA has 2 sides; a news side where users are kept up to date with football news across the globe and a social side where a user can share a post and have a discussion with other users of the app. The nice thing about the app is, whatever you share can be viewed by everyone in your circle so people not using the app can banter with you. We shared the workload, integrated the various classes and submitted the app, beating the deadline by 3 hours ( we did all this in 2 weeks) 🙂

We patiently waited(Checking emails 20 times a day), the day to announce winners came to pass and we heard nothing. A week and a few days later (after I almost died), the results were announced and we won for Ghana (the 1st round) in our section. Next, we had to work on the app and resubmit it for the final round, the African platform. We had 2 weeks, we did some throwaway prototyping and built again. The final results came and sadly 😥 , we didn’t win. We however made the top 10 apps for Africa ( which offered some consolation but we didn’t even think we would make it that far). For the first round (Ghana winners), we won 1 tablet(which we had to sell because the prize was for only one person even if you develop as a team) ,some t shirts and had dinner with some members of GDG Ghana to celebrate the winners.

It was a wonderful experience, we worked with an API we hadn’t used before. For the app, we are still working on it and would release it soon. An important lesson we learnt was, interface design really matters, users really pay attention to the look and feel of apps.

Thanks to GDG and Java communities across Africa and Max Bonbhel for organizing this wonderful event every year. I pray it gets bigger and better.

Cogito ergo sum,
Achere