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Lagos Man In Court For Marrying Second Wife

A Lagos-based man, Edmund Uzoma, has been dragged before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in the state for alleged bigamy.

The defendant was arraigned by the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday on three counts of bigamy and falsification of information over a marriage certificate.

The prosecutor, Idowu Osungbure, told the Magistrate that Uzoma contracted another wedding with one Sophia Yongxian at a wedding registry. And made a false declaration that he was a bachelor while having a wife.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant committed the crime in 2019. The offences were punishable under sections 411 and 115 of the Lagos State Criminal Laws and Section 370 of the Criminal Code Act Cap. C. 38 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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The charges read in part, “That you, Edmund Uzoma, of Lekki Road 15, Golden Gate Apartment, Lagos, on or sometime in 2019 in Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit; bigamy, and false statement and declaration.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun admitted him to bail in the sum of N1m with two responsible sureties in like sum.

She said one of the sureties must have landed property in Lagos.

Olatunbosun adjourned the case till March 15, 2023.

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