It was like a dream for Miss Busayo Ogunleke when she met Colin her boyfriend, lover and confidant.

They shared everything in common from the bedroom to similar social interests. They were in love or so she thought.

On this day, Busayo remembered she owns a savings account which gives her the sole right to make withdrawals.

She watched helplessly as the text messages from her bank came flying in and the account balance continued to diminish. 

Her heart had skipped and the sweat that followed was inexplicable, as her mind raced backwards to review events of previous days.

As she pondered, 170,000 Naira was already gone.

One thing she was not sure of was the whereabouts of her ATM card.

She reached for her purse, like someone tying to buy back time, checked the usual place she kept it, but it had vanished.

It was another arrow in her heart, as she screamed.

Collins Udeze, a 27-year-old company employer, is her boy friend. It turns out that he had removed her ATM card from her purse and had made the withdrawal.

She rushed to the bank as soon as she could to find out what had happened, and claims the bank's investigation showed it was Collins that stole the money.

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She reported to the police and Udeze, a resident of Ilasamaja, Mushin, Lagos, was arrested and charged for stealing, assault and threat to life.

Brought before a court on Tuesday, the prosecutor, G. B Ekundayo, said the accused committed the offences on April 7 at Layi Oyekanmi Street, Mushin.

“The accused came to his girlfriend’s house and stole her ATM card and used it to withdraw her N170,000.”

“The accused assaulted the complainant by hitting her with iron on the head and also beat her up for confronting him and asking him to return her money.

“He also threatened to kill her or pour chemical on her to disfigure her, ” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr Ekundayo, a police official, as saying.

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The offences contravened Sections 56, 173 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).

Sections 173 and 287 prescribe three year jail term each for offenders. After the charges were read, the accused pleaded not guilty.

He was granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate, MKO Fadeyi, said the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of 2 years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until November 1 for mention.

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