- Police re-arraign Seun Egbegbe on charges of fraud for the third time
- The film maker was re-arraigned alongside four other people including his elder brother
- Egbegbe, in February, defrauded some bureau de change operators in Gbagada after he was caught stealing iPhones at Ikeja in November 2016
The police, for the third time, have arraigned Seun Egbegbe for fraud.
The film maker whose real name is Olajide Kazeem and his alleged accomplice, Oyekan Ayomide, were arraigned for alleged serial frauds of over N39million, $90,000 and £12,550 - a total of N71million.
They had been arraigned twice before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on 40 counts.
Their arraignment for the third time on Monday, April 3, followed the amendment of the charges by the police as they introduced the names of three other persons, Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo as defendant in the case.
Yusuf is Egbegbe's elder brother. NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Yusuf was arrested as an accomplice.
The defendants were accused of swindling no fewer than 30 bureau de change operators in Lagos of various sums both in local and foreign currencies between 2015 and 2017.
On February 2, the police said, Egbegbe and his accomplices fraudulently obtained N2.45m and £3,000 (N1.14million) from one Alhaji Isa Adamu in Gbagada, Lagos. They had allegedly pretended to want to "see" the naira and buy the pounds.
Among the other victims of the alleged fraudster were Mohammed Sanni, who was allegedly defrauded of N2.46m on New Year's Day 2017; Jubrila Ado, allegedly defrauded of N1.257m on September 9, 2016; Hassan Amodu, allegedly defrauded of N600,000 January 2016; Sanni Hassan, defrauded off N1.43 and £2,750 August 2015; Saidi Abdullahi, defrauded of N700,000 April 18, 2016; Atairu Abdullahi, defrauded of N1mJune 23, 2016; and Abdullahi Babadisa, defrauded of N650,000 in January 2016.
The police prosecutor, Mr. Innocent Anyigor, told the court that Egbegbe and the others 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.
But when the charges were read to them on Monday, they all pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned till April 26 for further proceedings.