Monday, 5 November 2018

Seun Egbegbe's Case Resumes In Court Today After Spending 20 Months In Prison


According to report, the trial of popular Yoruba movie filmmaker, Olajide Kazeem, famously known as Seun Egbegbe resumed today 5th of November 2018, after already spending over 20 months in prison for allegedly trying to rip off an unsuspecting Bureau de change operator at Gbagada General hospital.

Seun Egbegbe, who has so far, spent over 20 months in the prison since February 10, 2017, for failing to meet up with the N5million bail granted to him, was arraigned today Monday by security operatives before a Federal High Court in Lagos, after he was arrested and arraigned by the police for alleged serial frauds involving N39, 098,100, $90,000 and £12,550.

It was alleged by the police that Egbegbe fraudulently obtained the money from no fewer than 40 Bureau De Change operators in Lagos over a period of two years 2015 to 2017, while he was also said to have allegedly swindled the BDC operators by falsely telling them that he had naira to change into foreign currencies and vice versa.

According to report, Egbegbe, alongside one Oyekan Ayomide, were first arraigned on teh 1th of February, 2017 before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, on 36 counts bordering on advance fee fraud, when the charge sheet was subsequently amended twice, the counts eventually increased to 40 and three other defendants, Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo added.

It was reported that the prosecuting counsel for the police, Innocent Anyigor, said Egbegbe and the other defendants acted contrary to Section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and were liable to be punished under Section 1(3) of the same Act, but they, however, pleaded not guilty.

Then on February 24, 2017, Justice Oguntoyinbo granted each of them N5m bail with two sureties in like sum. The judge said one of the sureties must be a civil servant on at least Level 16 and must own a landed property in Lagos State. The surety, the court said, must deposit the Certificate of Occupancy of the landed property in the custody of the court.

Both sureties were to swear to affidavit of means while their addresses were to be verified by the court registrar. Justice Oguntoyinbo ordered that the defendants should be remanded in the prison custody until they meet the bail conditions.

About 20 months after the bail was granted, Egbegbe, who was known for lavish spending, has, however, remained in the Ikoyi Prison custody, as he has not been able to meet the bail conditions. The case was last heard on November 1, 2018 till it was now billed to resume today, Monday, 5th of November 2018, for continuation of trial.

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