A 44-year-old Nigerian man named Raph Emmason, based in South Africa who was cheating on his wife has landed in prison custody at Kirikiri, Lagos State.
He was arrested by the police at Shasha after he allegedly defrauded his secret lover, Glory Chukwu to the tune of N400,000 under false pretense of procuring her a visa and taking her to South Africa as his wife.
According to PM News, Emmason, from Mbano in Imo State had lived in South Africa for nine years and decided to relocate his wife, Rita, and two children to Nigeria.
He provided accommodation for them in Port Harcourt in Rivers State and told his wife he was returning to South Africa. And his wife believed him.
Unknown to Rita, Emmason allegedly went and hid in Abuja with his lover, Glory for several months, and whenever he called Rita on phone, he would pretend that he was in South Africa.
Emmason also allegedly lied to his lover, Glory, that he was not yet married and promised to marry her and to take her and her three brothers, Uchenna, Okoye and Onyimba to South Africa. Glory believed him and they were living together in Glory’s apartment as husband and wife as well using Glory’s official car.
He further allegedly demanded some money from her to add to his own to procure four visas which she gave him. After he collected the money, he dumped her and relocated to Lagos and went and lodged in a hotel with another woman.
He did not procure any visa nor return Glory’s money. Glory later traced him to a hotel where he lodged in Lagos and invited the police to arrest him.
When the police requested for the money, he said he had used it to procure three visas which the police later discovered were fake. Emmason was charged to court with obtaining under false pretence and stealing under the Criminal Code.
He pleaded not guilty and the presiding Magistrate, Mrs J. O. E. Adeyemi granted him bail with two sureties who must show evidence of tax payment. He was remanded in prison pending when he will perfect his bail condition.
When his wife, Rita, was contacted, she insisted that Emmason was in South Africa. It was when she was persuaded to go to the court to verify that she discovered that it was actually her husband. She and other members of his family who followed her left the court premises in disbelief and dejected.