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Dr Bello replies, and asks for some money. So Charles was right, he wasn't going to ask for money. He got someone else to do it for him. A letter of introduction is requested (attached) and starts with the wonderfully archaic "Know ye all men by these presents...". They are nothing if not inventive.
Paul Bello, Efe & Co
Barristers & Solicitors of the Supreme court of Nigeria.
(The lowercase 'c' in court is as sent! Supposedly letterhead.)
ATTENTION: J. COSMOS NEWBERY
RE: CONTRACT NO NNPC/PED/2039-X/99:VERIFICATION OF NATURE AND EXTENT OF CLAIM OF THE SUM OF US$36,561,000:00 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS. (36 million million? Hey, it's only money!)
Our law office wishes to inform you that we have concluded our verification exercise and our finding show that your company executed a contract for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in 1999 vide the above contract number and your payment for the balance sum of US$36,561,000:00 accrued has been approved by the NNPC accounts department and the office of the Auditor-General and that your payment file has been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Reconciliation Committee (D.R.C.) for the processing of your Foreign Exchange Control Approval Order. (forex). (What is he going on about? I already knew all of this. Could it be that he isn't really a lawyer? I'll have a word to Charles about this guy!)
Consequent upon the above findings, our law office hereby accept your request for legal retainership and request you furnish us with the below stated requirements to enable us process the forex approval order and the transfer of your funds.
(1.)Letter of Introduction to the Debt Reconciliation Committee (DRC) duly typed on your company letterhead paper, introducing our chambers (Paul Bello, Efe & Co.), as your company legal representative. Find attached.
(2.)Our legal fee shall be 0.1% of the total contract sum, which is US$36,561:00 only (Crikey!). This will be paid on conclusion of the transaction. (Well, Paul, that will certainly help cashflow.) (3.)Your outstanding Stamp Duty, Form "A" and Form "M" charges totalling US$8109 is thus:
Stamp Duty US$4,554:50
Form "A" US$1,127:50
Form "M" US$2,427:00
Due to time constraint (Dashed decent of you, Paul me lad, to put off you own fees until the end. How could I not feel obligied to pay this trifling stamp duty amount? Watch me!) this payment of US$8109:00 should be made by Western Union Money Transfer to the head of Accounts/Client Service Departmetn as stated below:
Uzzi Ransome, 33, Toyin Street, Ikeja-Lagos
All payments will be duly acknowledged and the receipts sent across to you for your records. (Thanks!)
PAUL BELLO, EFE & CO.