Filmmaker Olajide Oluwaseun Kareem, more popularly known as Seun Egbegbe, will remain in prison custody, as his application for bail was put on hold due to the failure of the police to file a counter affidavit.
The prosecutor, Innocent Anyigor, informed the court that the police were unable to file a counter affidavit to hear Mr. Egbegbe’s plea because the police officer who would swear to the affidavit was ill. “We have been served an affidavit but we are unable to file a counter affidavit because the police officer who is supposed to depose to the counter affidavit is sick. Because of this development, we will leave the matter in discretion of the court to decide on what to do,” the prosecutor informed the court.
In response, the presiding judge, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, ordered the police to present any officer who would depose to the counter affidavit and subsequently adjourned the hearing of the bail application to Friday, February 24, 2017.
The judge said, “Since the matter has been left in discretion of the court, the court hereby gives the police till Thursday to file a counter affidavit.” Mr. Egbegbe was arraigned alongside Oyekan Ayomide in a 39-count charge for allegedly defrauding some Bureau De Change (BDC) operators of N40.647 million, $29,800 and £4,815 at different areas in Lagos State between 2016 and February 2, 2017. The offense contravenes the provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.