35-year-old Ifeoluwa is facing a three-count charge of felony, obtaining under false pretence and stealing before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting Ejigbo.
He broke down in tears after he learnt that his wife identified as Kemi, whom he used the money to marry, had equally left him.
The suspect also changed his earlier plea of not guilty to guilty and asked the court to jail him when this realisation dawned on him.
Ifeoluwa said he preferred to be in prison since Kemi has also left him because of his predicament which started nine months ago. However, he could not secure the sentence after the prosecutor, Mr. Adeleye Oluwafemi, presented the facts and sentence.
He objected to some of the facts presented before the court.
While Ifeoluwa was facing trial at the court, another woman complainant appeared and told the court that she suffered a similar fate in the hands of Ifeoluwa and the matter was still at court three, Otta Magistrate’s Court, Ogun State, where he allegedly jumped bail.
The complaint urged the court to order his re-arrest for him to come to Otta to face his trial.
Narrating what happened Ifeoluwa said Taiwo was his lover before they parted ways.
The defendant admitted before the court that Taiwo was his lover and he wanted to marry her but things went wrong along the line and the marriage plans did not work out.
He said he actually collected the money from her and did not steal it as she alleged, adding that she was angry because the marriage plans failed.
He also admitted that he had another woman he wanted to marry before he met Taiwo and said the money assisted him to settle down with the other woman and promised to pay her back.
Taiwo, who was still shocked about what happened, alleged that he collected all the money from her under false pretence to execute a contract and raise more money for their marriage.
She said after he collected the money, he bolted away.
On how she met Ifeoluwa, she said she met him at the Winners Chapel church in Ogun State.
The court, however, granted him bail in the sum of N700,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He was subsequently remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when he will meet the bail conditions.
When the matter came up after several adjournments, Ifeoluwa changed his plea hoping he would be sentenced, but was disappointed as his counsel asked the court to take plea of not guilty.
P. E. Nwaka, the president of the court, entered not guilty plea and adjourned the matter till 4 December, 2013, for trial.