Filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe sentences to seven years ‘with hard labour’

Filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe sentences to seven years ‘with hard labour’

The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced popular Nollywood filmmaker and producer, Olajide Kareem, also known as Seun Egbegbe, to seven years imprisonment ‘with hard labour’ for fraud.

Kareem, who had been in detention for 57 months since his arrest in 2017, was however released to go home having exceeded the imprisonment time in detention.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo sentenced Kareem on Tuesday, October 11 after convicting him of one of the 44-count charge filed against him by the police, according to the judgment obtained by The Nation on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

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The trial began on May 10, 2017, and on Tuesday, October 11, Justice Oguntoyinbo found Egbegbe guilty of count 19 of the 44-count charge filed against him and set him free.

The judge also freed the four other defendants.

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

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

The judge also said that 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: “Having considered the entirety of the circumstances and taking judicial notice of the allocutus, I 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. I so hold. This is to send a clear message to all and sundry, the young and as well as the old, the unknown and the famous that, regardless of the number of days a crime goes unpunished, the law would definitely take its course in due course.

“Most importantly, the prosecution witnesses’ contradictory testimonies have failed to satisfy the exact various sums of money contained in the majority of the unviable and unsupported counts of charges filed against the 1st Defendant. I so hold.

“From the avalanche of evidence before this Honourable Court, it is crystal clear the Nigerian Police tampered with the various sums of money collected from the 1st & 2nd Defendants. The serial number of the various sum of money was not recorded by the Exhibit Keeper nor the Exhibit Ledger tendered before this Honourable Court.

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