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Woman remanded for jilting lover in Lagos State

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A 43-year-old event planner, Miss

Omolola Shittu, is currently biting her fingers for

jilting a 55-year-old man, Prince Hilary

Unachukwu with whom she had enjoyed benefits

of love affair since August 2012.

Omolola, who was charged alongside one Raphael

Oge, 51, on a three-count charge bothering on

stealing and threat to life of her ex-lover,

however, pleaded not guilty before the Chief

Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, and was

remanded in prison custody till perfection of bail.

According to Charge No. A/38A/2014, the duo

conspired to commit felony to wit: stealing of

Honda Accord End of Discussion saloon car

valued at N1.6 million and thereby committing an

offence punishable under Section 409 of the

Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The matter was adjourned till September 8.

Count two read: “That you Omolola Shittu on

January 19, 2014 at about 7:00am at 14, Eric

Manuel Crescent, off Bode Thomas, Surulere,

Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal a

refrigerator (N72,500), gas cooker (N85,200), TEC

generator (N66,500), washing machine (N120,800)

and another TEC generator (N91,200) all valued

at N503,200, the property of the said Prince

Hilary Unachukwu.

Omolola’s account

Speaking to Vanguard, Omolola said: “I never

knew it was a crime to date someone older. I have

been in this relationship since August 2012 and it

has been hell. Any time I tell him I do not want to

continue with the relationship, he would threaten

me.

“It was my attempt to terminate the love affair

with Unachukwu that led to my being charged to

court for stealing a car he bought for me as

Valentine’s gift and property acquired during the

relationship.

“On Valentine’s day last year, he bought me a

Honda Accord End of Discussion saloon car as a

gift. I was in his house at 8, Ojora Road, Ikoyi,

Lagos when he presented the car to me.

“However, since then he had abused me severally.

“Actually, the 2nd defendant (Oge) who brought

the car to the house is now being accused of

conspiring with me to steal it because he refused

to write another receipt in Unachukwu’s name,

since a receipt was issued initially in my name

before the break-up of the relationship.

“I was arrested by policemen from Zone II on

June 20, 2014 and I had to spend three nights

before they took me to Igbosere magistrate’s

court. I was later taken to Kirikiri Prison on August

11, 2014.

“The first day I arrived Kirikiri Prison, waiting for

my bail bond to be perfected, a prison warder

scraped my hair, took me to somewhere to pack

faeces, and later gave me prison uniform in which

they took my photograph.

“Prince Hilary said until he saw me go to jail, he

would keep bringing different charges against me.

He said he would make sure that he spends

everything he has to see me go to jail. He said

there was no police in this country that could

arrest him because they are all his boys. Now, I

do not know what to do.

“There was one time he threatened me and my

younger sister with a gun. He has been calling and

sending threatening messages that except he is

not Hilary Unachukwu, that is when I will survive.

But if that is his name, I will never survive. My life

and my child’s life are at stake.”

…Petitions Lagos CP

Meanwhile, in a letter to the former

Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Umaru

Manko, dated July 15, 2014, by the defendant’s

counsel, Mrs Iyabode Shonubi, entitled: “Threats

to the life of Omolola Shittu,” Hilary was said to

have sought to reconcile with the defendant but

she vehemently refused.

The letter read in part: “Due to our client’s refusal

to accept Prince Hilary’s return into her life, Prince

Hilary framed up several untruths, including

accusing our client of stealing household items

and a Honda car. The charge is before the chief

magistrate’s court, Igbosere and was filed by

officers at Zone II, Nigeria Police Force.”

Iyabode noted that on the next adjourned date

when Omolola was supposed to appear in court,

Prince Hilary had called the defendant and gave

her the impression that the matter has been

settled amicably.

“On getting to court, she actually did not want to

go to court because she thought the matter had

been settled amicably but we refused that she

has to be in court. We realised that another

charge had been brought to include threat to

Prince Hilary’s life.

“The implication of her not being in court on that

adjourned date would mean that the magistrate

would issue a bench warrant for her to be

arrested. It would have been worst.

“Despite her being in court as an obedient citizen,

the magistrate re-arrested her in court and said

the previous bail was terminated. We persuaded

the magistrate that our client should continue on

the previous bail but she said no that we need to

arrange for another bail.”

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