A 26-year-old man, Jolaoye Oyewole, yesterday, appeared before an Ebute Metta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged theft of his Indian girlfriend’s N680,000.
Oyewole, who resides at 3, Atobaje St., Agege, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
According to the prosecution, the man stole Miss Sarah Warner’s MasterCard and used it to withdraw the sum from her bank account.
Cpl. Onaiwu Iyobosa told the court that Oyewole committed the offences between December 3, 2012 and January 12, in Ikeja.
“The accused invited the complainant (Warner) to Nigeria through the internet to formalise their relationship.
“On arrival, he lodged her in a hotel and they slept together for days. In the process, Oyewole stole Warner’s MasterCard which he used to withdraw N680,000 from her account. The accused ran away, but was later arrested by the police,” she submitted.
She said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mr F.J. Adefioye, admitted him to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Further hearing in the case has been fixed for June 3.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that stealing is punishable with three years imprisonment while conspiracy to steal attracts two years jail term.