Chukwuemeka Obodozie, 29, has been arrested and charged before a Magistrate’s court sitting in Ejigbo, Lagos State, for allegedly obtaining N280, 000 from Ogechi Obinma under the false pretence of engaging her in marriage. The money was said to be part of their bargain to get married.
According to Obinma, Obodozie told her that he needed money to clear goods that his elder brother sent to him from abroad, to enable them perform an introduction and traditional marriage. Unknown to her, Obodozie had perfected plans to dump her and marry the woman he had already impregnated.
When Obinma later went to his house, she saw a woman heavily pregnant and when she asked to know who she was, Obodozie confessed that he impregnated the woman and needed money to take care of her and that was why he demanded the money from her.
He asked her to forget the money and see it as a prize she had to pay for their relationship that lasted for over two years. Obinma accepted her fate but requested that Obodozie paid her money in full as she would not be responsible for the finance of his marriage.
When Obinma insisted, Obodozie reportedly threatened to kill her, he threatened her at her house and office in Ikotun area of Lagos.
The matter was reported to the police at Ikotun division and Obodozie was arrested and charged to court with obtaining money under false pretence and threat to life.
When he was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E Adeyemi granted Obodozie bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Obodozie was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail condition.
The matter was adjourned till 18 April 2016.