Woman remanded for jilting lover in Lagos State
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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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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