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Nollywood Star Seun Egbegbe bags 7years jail

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a Nollywood filmmaker and producer, Olajide Kareem, aka Seun Egbegbe, to seven years’ imprisonment “with hard labour’ for fraud.

Seun Egbegbe, who had been in detention for 57 months since his arrest in 2017.

The trial began on May 10, 2017, and on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Justice Oguntoyinbo, found Egbegbe guilty of count 19 of the 44-count charge filed against him, while the other four defendants were freed.

Justice Oguntoyinbo, declared that 43 of the 44 counts crumbled because of a lack of witnesses to substantiate their claims.

She also said that the prosecuting team failed in their responsibility to produce evidence, to be backed up with witnesses, on counts 4, 19, and 21.

The judge mentioned that the police tampered with the money recovered from the suspects and ruled that all the money recovered from Egbegbe as evidence should be returned to him.

Justice Oguntoyinbo held that having considered the entirety of the circumstances and taking judicial notice of the allocutus, she hereby sentence the 1st Defendant (Kareem) to imprisonment for a term of Seven {7} years with hard labour, only in respect of Count 19 of the Amended Charge.

The term is to begin from the very first date the 1st Defendant was detained in police custody and/or remanded in prison, whichever comes first”.

Writing by Wahab Akinlade; Editing by Chinasa Ossai & Julian Osamoto