A 42-year old man, Abioye Olakunle, has been arrested at Irewolede Street, Shasha area of Lagos, for duping one Mrs. Kehinde Opebiyi of N850,000 after he promised to marry her.
According to reports, both Olakunle and Kehinde are married and were in an extramarital affair. However, Olakunle never informed Kehinde that he was married and had children, instead, he promised to start a life with her, and then cajoled her to give him N850k.
When Kehinde found out that he was married, she confessed her wrongdoing to her husband who forgave her and then took her to the Shasha police station where they reported the alleged scam. The police later arrested Olakunle, detained and asked him to refund the money to her.
It was gathered from police sources, that the suspect admitted that he had collected money from her, promised to marry her and said that he was still prepared to marry her if she was ready to be his second wife. He also admitted that he did not tell her that he was already married but had not reneged on the promise of marriage as they agreed before she sent the money to his account.
However, Olakunle was found culpable and charged before the Ejigbo Magistrates court on Thursday for marriage fraud and stealing. A charge he pleaded not guilty to.
The prosecutor, Inspector G. Simon did not oppose his bail because the offence was bailable.
Thus, the Presiding Magistrate, Mr. L.K.J. Layeni granted Olakunle bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail condition.
The matter was adjourned till 25 June, 2018.