13th July, 2011
A 41-year old man, Emeka Okafor has landed himself in a big trouble after he allegedly collected N3 million from a woman under false pretence of marrying the womanâ€™s daughter.
He is now facing charges of fraud and stealing at Isolo Magistrateâ€™s court under section 419 and 390 of the criminal code 2003.
Emeka, who claimed to be an artist, was alleged to have collected the money from Mrs Evelyn Ezinwa at her residence at 31, Awoniyi Elemo street, Ajao Estate, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
After the woman allegedly gave him the money, Emeka reneged on his promise of marring her daughter simple known as Nancy.
Although it was not yet clear why Emeka decided to dump Nancy and marry another woman, he did it when his prospective in-law, the mother of Nancy travelled, abroad on a long business trip.
P.M.NEWS gathered that Emeka told Evelyn that her daughter, Nancy, was his fiancee and wanted to settle down with her as his wife.
Emeka also told his in-law to be that, although he wanted to marry Nacy, his only problem that was delaying the marriage was money to establish business that will enable him to take care of her daughter.
P.M.NEWS gathered that Mrs Ezinwa fell for Emekaâ€™s ploy when Emeka approached her with Nancyâ€™s consent and his predicament.
The unsuspected woman reportedly gave Emeka the money so that he would establish a business to enable him marry Nancy.
After allegedly collecting the money here in Lagos, while Evelyn was abroad, Emeka dumped Nancy and relocated to the eastern part of Nigeria.
He is now living with another woman as wife. When Evelyn returned from abroad after a long stay, she discovered that Emeka did not marry Nancy as he promised.
The embittered woman went and arrested Emeka and brought him back to Lagos and charged him to court for fraud and stealing.
When the charge was read to him., he pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. E. Kubeinje granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
The matter has been adjourned till 18 July 2011.