A midddle aged woman, Amusa Taiwo, has been left in the lurch after she allegedly gave her lover, Adesokan Ifeoluwa, N1.4m with the hope that he would marry her in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
Instead of fulfilling his own part of the agreement to marry her, Ifeoluwa used the money and married another woman. He eventually dumped Amusa. Consequently, the jilted woman who felt betrayed and duped, demanded her money back from him, and when it was not forthcoming, she went to the police at Idimu Division to report the fraud. Ifeoluwa was arrested by the police and charged before a Lagos magistrate’s court sitting in Ejigbo, for the alleged fraud.
He is now facing a three-count charge before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Folami, of felony, obtaining under false pretence and stealing, under sections 322, 312 and 278 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria. There was drama at the court when another woman complainant appeared and told the court that she suffered a similar fate in the hands of Ifeoluwa and the matter was still at court three, Otta Magistrate’s Court, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, where he allegedly jumped bail.
The complaint urged the court to order his re-arrest for him to come to Otta to face his trial. Narrating what happened, Ifeoluwa, 35, told our correspondent that he is from Ekiti State and read Public Administration at Ado-Ekiti University. He said Taiwo was his lover before they parted ways. The defendant admitted before the court that Taiwo was his lover he wanted to marry, but things went wrong along the line and the marriage plans did not work out.
He said he actually collected the money from her and did not steal it as she alleged, adding that she was angry because the marriage plans failed. He also admitted that he had another woman he wanted to marry before he met Taiwo and said the money assisted him to settle down and promised to pay her back. Taiwo, who was still shocked about what happened, said he collected all the money from her under false pretence to execute a contract and raise more money for their marriage. She said after he collected the money, he bolted away.
On how she met Ifeoluwa, she said she met him at Car Wash area of Idimu. When the matter came up, the prosecutor, Mr Adeleye Oluwafemi, objected to his bail by telling the court that Ifeoluwa was a notorous fraudster who specialises in defrauding women under the pretence of marrying them.
He added he was likely to jump bail as information before the court was that he had jumped bail in another court. The court, however, granted him bail in the sum of N700,000 with two sureties in like sum. He was subsequently remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when he will meet the bail condition. The matter was adjourned till 27 Febuary, 2013.