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Woman drags husband to court over N71m fraud, assault

A housewife identified as Mrs Tega James has dragged her husband, Lucky James before the Samuel Ilori Court, Ogba, Lagos State for allegedly defrauding and assaulting her.

According to the wife, her 47-year-old husband defrauded her of N70m which he allegedly stole from two bank accounts belonging to her.

The couple who had been married for a while are yet to produce any fruit for each other.

Narrating her ordeal, Tega told the court that she was Lucky’s fourth wife.

She said her husband brought an investment deal in which she would be entitled to 50 per cent monthly interest.

According to her, her husband deceitfully obtained N1.6m from her without fulfilling the 50 per cent interest rate agreement.

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She said it was her insistence to get her share of the bargain that got her husband angry which later led to him assaulting her.

She then reported the matter to the police and James was arrested.

The defendant is facing three counts bordering on stealing, obtaining by fraud, and assault, offences punishable under sections 287(5)(6), 314(3), and 172 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The prosecutor, Josephine Ikhayere, said the defendant committed the offences at Ruby Close, Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, in the Ajah area of the state.

The charges read in part, “That you, Lucky James, between January 1, 2019, and September 6, 2022, did dishonestly withdraw and steal a total sum of N70m only from account number 1023143619 Mercury Investment domiciled at UBA and account number 0083657628 Mercury domiciled at Sterling Bank, respectively, property of Mrs James Amanda Tega.

“That you, Lucky James, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N1,600,000 from one Mrs James Amanda Tega with a promise to invest in a business, which you will be giving her 50 per cent interest monthly, a representation you knew to be false.

“That you, Lucky James, on September 6, 2022, did unlawfully assault one Mrs. James Amanda Tega, by hitting her with fist blows all over her body, which caused her bodily harm.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Owolabi admitted him to bail in the sum of N3m with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case till November 3 for mention.

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