A 31-year-old man, Christian Chima, who allegedly obtained N1.5 million from a woman on the pretence of solving her spiritual problem, was yesterday arraigned at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The accused, who lives at Olusesi Street, Iju, a Lagos suburb, is being tried for conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence and stealing.
Prosecutor Clifford Ogu told the court the offences were allegedly committed between February 25 and May 10, at Iju Ishaga, Lagos.
He said the complainant, Miss Olubunmi Olojido, met the accused in a taxi, and from there they got talking.
“The accused told the complainant that she needed to clean herself from the evil of the world and invited her to an uncompleted building for ‘cleansing.’
“The accused obtained N1.5 million from her within three months on false pretences of getting her black soap for protection,” Ogu said.
He told the court the complainant got her senses back after she had given the money to the accused.
“The case was reported at the police station and the accused was arrested. His accomplice is at large,” the prosecutor said.
He said the offences contravened sections 287, 313 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.
Chief Magistrate Mr. J. A. Adegun granted the accused bail at N200,000 with two sureties.
He adjourned the case till June 19 for mention.