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Seun Egbegbe to appear in court today after 20month in prison
11-05-2018, 04:04 AM,
Seun Egbegbe to appear in court today after 20month in prison
For failure to meet the N5 m bail granted him by the Federal High Court in Lagos , Nollywood film-maker , Olajide Kazeem , better known as Seun Egbegbe , has so far spent about 20 months in prison custody .
The erstwhile Lagos socialist has been kept away since February 10 , 2017 , after he was arraigned by the police for alleged serial frauds involving N39 , 098 ,100 , $ 90 ,000 and £ 12 ,550 .
The police alleged 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 .
He was said to have allegedly swindled the BDC operators by falsely representing to them that he had naira to change into foreign currencies and vice versa.
Egbegbe , alongside one Oyekan Ayomide , was first arraigned on February 10 , 2017 before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, on 36 counts bordering on advance fee fraud .
The charge sheet was subsequently amended twice , with the counts eventually increased to 40 and three other defendants – Lawal Kareem , Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo – added .
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.
They, however , pleaded not guilty .
On February 24 , 2017 , Justice Oguntoyinbo granted each of them N5 m 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 police prosecutor , Anyigor , had told the court that he had no fewer than 40 witnesses , including the BDC operators , who would testify against Egbegbe and his co- defendants in court .
On March 10 , 2017 , over 30 BDC operators stormed the court for the trial.
So far , the prosecution has called four witnesses .
The trial had been slowed down sometimes due to inability of investigating police officers , who were listed as witnesses , to attend the court .
At other times , the case was stalled because the Hausa BDC operators , who were listed as witnesses , complained of inability to either speak or understand English language and an interpreter had to be arranged.
The case was last heard on November 1 , 2018 and it is billed to resume on Monday ( today ) for continuation of trial .

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