Filmmaker Egbegbe re-arraigned over multiple frauds
The police on Monday re-arraigned a filmmaker, Olajide Kazeem (also known as Seun Egbegbe), over alleged multiple fraud involving N39, 098,100, $90,000 and £12,550.
He was re-arraigned along with his alleged accomplice, Oyekan Ayomide for the second time.
After his first arraignment on a 36-count charge, Egbegbe was re-arraigned on March 10 because the police increased the charges to 40.
He was re-arraigned on Monday because the police introduced the names of three other persons as defendants.
They are – Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo.
The defendants allegedly defrauded at least 30 Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Lagos between 2015 and February.
The prosecution said they lied to the victims they had foreign currencies to sell to the BDC operators.
The police alleged, for instance, that on February 2, 2017, Egbegbe and Ayomide fraudulently obtained N2.45m and £,3,000 from one Alhaji Isa Adamu in Lagos under the guise that they wanted to sell the naira and buy the pounds.
The other victims are Mohammed Sanni, who was allegedly defrauded of N2.46million on New Year day; Jubrila Ado, allegedly defrauded of N1.257million on September 9, 2016; Hassan Amodu, allegedly defrauded of N600,000 last January; and Sanni Hassan, defrauded of N1.43million and £2,750 in August 2015.
Others are Saidi Abdullahi, defrauded of N700,000 on April 18 2016; Atairu Abdullaahi, defrauded of N1million on June 23 last year; and Abdullahi Babadisa, defrauded of N650,000 last January.
Abdurawan Hassan allegedly lost N1.46million to Egbede on January 1; Suraju Garuba allegedly lost N850,000 in July last year; Abdullahi Mumini was said to have lost N2.15million last September; Garuba Hassan allegedly lost N700,000 on January 10, and Sanni Mohammed was said to have lost N1.89million on January 29.
Also allegedly swindled by Egbegbe are Barowo Abdullahi (N2.6million); Yahu Alidu (N1.75million), Tairu Musa (N2million), Mohammed Bello ($300), Mohammed Usman (N450,500), Suleiman Shehu (N1.276million), Ahmadu Abda (N2million), Nairu Musa (N1.007million), Sanni Mohammed (N1.6million and $3,000).
Others are Umaru Haruna (N1.7million), Abubakar Musa ($4,000), Abdulrasaq Sanni (N1.7million) and Abdullahi Babatunde (N2.77million), among others.
The police said the offence contravenes Section 8 of the Addvance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3).
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Oluremi Oguntoyibo adjourned the matter till April 26 for trial.
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