The trial of popular movie marketer, Seun Egbegbe for alleged serial fraud was stalled on Wednesday as a result of the nonappearance of the prosecuting counsel for the police, Mr. Innocent Anyigor. The judge, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos told Egbegbe and his co-defendants that the prosecutor had written to the court that he would be out of the jurisdiction on an official duty.
The judge, therefore, adjourned the case till October 3, 2017, while she ordered the suspects, who had yet to perfect their bail conditions, to return to the prison custody.
Egbegbe is standing trial together with Oyekan Ayomide, Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo.
The suspects 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.
The police purported that the defendants defrauded the BDC operators mostly by falsely representing to the victims that they had foreign currencies to sell to or buy from the BDC operators.
The police alleged that on February 2, 2017, Egbegbe and his co-defendants illegally obtained the sums of N2.45m and £,3,000 from one Alhaji Isa Adamu in Lagos under the pretext that they wanted to sell the naira and buy the pounds.
The police prosecutor, 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. However, when the charges were read to them, they all pleaded not guilty.