A 33-year-old man, Taiwo Ishola, was, on Tuesday, arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly defrauding his girlfriend of N100, 000.
Mr Ishola, a resident of Shomolu area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretences and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Prosecutor, Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at 3 pm. on Feb. 2 at No. 61, Bajulaiye Road., Shomolu, Lagos.
She said that the defendant had collected a sum of N100,000 from the complainant, Miss Taiye Saka, in bits to connect her to a traditional orthopedist to straighten her bow legs.
The prosecutor said that the defendant made away with his girlfriend’s money and refused to take her to the orthopedist, after giving so many excuses.
Olaluwoye further told the court that it was the complainant’s brother who made the report at the station, suspecting that his sister’s boyfriend of two years was swindling her.
The offences, according to her, contravene Sections 280 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while obtaining by false pretences carries 15 years imprisonment.
The Magistrate, K. B. Ayeye, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
Mrs Ayeye ordered that the sureties must be above 40 years and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.
She, thereafter, adjourned the case till April 28, for mention.