Embattled Yoruba filmmaker, Olajide Kazeem, popularly known as Seun Egbegbe, has spent 31 months in prison custody due to his failure to perfect his bail conditions.
The erstwhile Lagos socialist, known for his lavish lifestyle, has been incarcerated since February 10, 2017.
Egbegbe, 43, a controversial figure in the Yoruba movie industry was arraigned by the police for alleged fraud involving N39 million; $90,000 and £12,550.
Confirming the news, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Rotimi Oladokun, stated that the filmmaker is still being held at the Ikoyi prisons.
The police alleged that Mr Egbegbe fraudulently obtained the monies from his accusers (BDC operators) over a period of two years – 2015 to 2017 after falsely telling them that he had naira to change into foreign currencies and vice versa.
Similarly, Mr Egbegbe’s lawyer, Adebayo Onifade, reiterated the Nigerian Correctional Service’s statement that his client has remained in custody because his bail conditions are yet to be perfected.
In his words;
One of the boys who was arraigned alongside Seun has perfected his bail conditions and gone home and he isn’t as influential as my client.
Even before I took up Seun’s case, he had already been granted bail and when I came oNboard I applied for a variation and it was granted. I think it is just a question of finance or family members.
By family members, I mean none of his family members is willing to come forward and stand as a surety for Seun. This might also be because no one has the money to pay for it. If a bail condition is yet to be perfected there is absolutely nothing any lawyer or a defence counsel can do about it.
At the time he was sentenced, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court ruled that the filmmaker be granted bail once he meets his bail requirements which include;
- One of the sureties must be a civil servant who has attained level 16 while the other surety must be a landowner in any part of Lagos metropolis.
- The landowner must submit a Certificate of Ownership of the landed property while the civil servant must submit his international passport to the court.
- The sureties must swear to an affidavit while the house and office addresses and a telephone number will be verified by the court.
During his heydays, the film-maker financed the production of several Yoruba films under his Ebony Films Productions imprint.
He produced more than 20 movies including Ebony Alhaji, Igbayilola, Tani Kabe?, Kura, Ile Olalewu, Ipo Agba and Odaran.
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