A 45-year old married man, Uzor Emmanuel, has allegedly dumped a 42-year old lady, Victoria Adeleye, at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry Lagos state, Southwest Nigeria.
According to a report published by P.M NEWS on Wednesday, 3 September, 2014, Emmanuel, who is a father of three kids, played a fast one on Adeleye as he carted away with her N4m.
It was gathered that the wedding was subsequently called-off after the accused who proposed to marry Adeleye dumped her at the Ikoyi court premises.
Friends of the couple, who attended the wedding ceremony were left shell-shocked as marriage officials cancelled the wedding.
Information gathered from a source revealed that the relationship between, Adeleye and Emmanuel blossomed after they met at a church in Isolo.
The source informed that the accused told Adeleye that he was still single and needed to marry since he was growing old.
Adeleye who was also eager to get a husband, showed interest and became an intimate friend with Emmanuel.
Unknown to her, Emmanuel was married with three kids.
It was gathered that shortly after courtship, Emmanuel proposed to marry her and Adeleye accepted.
The bride to be reportedly moved into Adeleye’s flat at Bola Adeyinwa street Aswani, Isolo where they started living together as a couple without the knowledge of their pastor and members of the church.
In a bid to cover their tracks before the church, Emmanuel suggested to Adeleye they need to go to court to consummate the relationship legally.
Adeleye agreed and brought out some money with which they used to facilitate the marriage but on the day they were supposed to tie the knot, Emmanuel saw off his plan.
According to reports from relatives of the couple, the duo had arrived the registry with close friends but while they were waiting for court officials to commence the ceremony, Emmanuel excused himself and went outside the registry. From there he fled with her money and did not return to the hall.
It was gathered that the suspect was later arrested following a tip-off. It was at that moment that he confessed that he had a wife with kids.
Emmanuel was subsequently charged before Isolo Magistrate’s court for obtaining under false pretence and stealing under the Criminal Code.
When he was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty. The presiding Magistrate, Mrs F.M. Kayode granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He is remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Lagos pending when he will fulfill his bail condition.
The matter was adjourned till 2 October 2014 for trial.
As at the time of filing this report, the reported wife of Emmanuel was yet to come for his bail.