The case of popular Nigerian filmmaker, Olajide Kazeem, AKA Seun Egbegbe, who was arrested for his fraudulent acts was revisited in a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday 10th March.
Egbegbe and his accomplice Oyekan Ayomide were arraigned on Feb. 10 and charged before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo.
They were both accused of swindling more than 30 Bureau De Change (BDC) operators of various sums both in local and foreign currencies between 2015 and 2017 in Lagos.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and Justice Oguntoyinbo had on Feb. 24 granted each of them bail in the sum of N5million.
When the case was called on Friday, the prosecutor, Mr. Innocent Anyigor informed the court that the charges had been amended and the counts raised from 36 to 40.
He persuaded the court to allow the charges to be read to the accused for their pleas to be taken afresh. The accused were thus re-arraigned and they both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
After which the prosecutor told the court that he had 30 witnesses in court who are Bureau De Change operators, adding that he was ready to commence trial.
At the end of the day, the judge said she prefer to begin with the testimony of the Investigating Police Officer so as to avoid cases where such police officers are transferred out of jurisdiction.
However, the trial has been fixed for March 24th. In the charge, marked FHC/L/40c/2017, the accused were said to have defrauded the BDC operators by falsely representing to the victims that they had foreign currencies to sell.
The police alleged that on Feb. 2, for instance, the accused fraudulently obtained the sum of N2.5million and 3,000 pounds from one Alhaji Isa Adamu in Lagos under the guise that they wanted to see the naira and buy the pounds.
Other victims of the alleged fraud include: Mohammed Sani, defrauded of N2.5million; Jubrila Ado, defrauded of N1.3million; Hassan Amodu, defrauded of N600,000; Sani Hassan, defrauded of N1.43million and 2,750 pounds, among others.
The offenses are said to have contravened the provisions of Section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.
Aside the case of the Bureau De Change fraud carried out by the filmmaker, he was once caught at the Ikeja computer village for stealing iPhones and making away with some money from the electronic shops.
The filmmaker, who is married with kids was once in a romantic relationship with celebrity actress, Toyin Aimakhu.
According to the publications, Toyin Aimakhu invested her emotions while in a relationship with Suen Egbegbe and pleaded with her fans to bear with her while she heals from the heartbreak – which should have healed by now.
The estranged lovers have been in the news in the past months for controversial issues. Recall that Toyin Aimakhu was the one who spearheaded the SaveMayowa online campaign, which eventually landed her in the custody of the Nigerian police.