A sexagenarian, Charles Chikwe, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos charged with duping a woman of N150, 000 and valuables worth N627,000 on the pretext of marrying her.
Chikwe, who is unemployed and resides at No. 26, Mohammed St., Ijegun, Lagos, is facing charges of obtaining by false pretences and stealing.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Chekube Okeh, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in October 2017 at Igando, Lagos.
Okeh said the defendant met the complainant, a 50-year-old widow, wooed her and promised to marry her.
“The defendant later obtained N150, 000 from the woman and promised to pay back; he also collected documents of her land then valued at N627, 000,” he said.
Okeh explained that the defendant failed to marry the complainant as promised, refused to pay back the money he collected from her and refuse to return the land documents.
However, the defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The chief magistrate, Mrs A. O. Akinde, granted the defendant N100, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Akinde adjourned the case until October 30 for mention. (NAN)