Nollywood movie producer, Olajide Kazeem popularly known as Seun Egbegbe was the talk of the nation back in 2016 when his trick of scamming currency traders aka bureau de change mallams was exposed.
The one that got him a whole music single (legbegbe) was his alleged plan of running away with nine iPhones at the popular gadget market in Ikeja – Computer Village.
So, it happened that Seun Egbegbe went to a newly owned store at Uncle Joe Busstop around the Mokola area in Ibadan. Egbegbe met with the dealer, Semiu at about 9 am posing as a customer who wanted to buy two Gotv decoders.
He told the dealer he was waiting for his friend to come to pay for the decoders. Shortly after his arrival, another man arrived wearing jellabiya, who gave Egbegbe some money. The jellabiya wearing guy left and Egbegbe followed telling the Gotv decoder that he would pay.
Egbegbe ended up setting the Gotv decoder up with the jellabiya guy who happens to be a Bureau De Change Mallam. Apparently, Egbegbe had collected $3,000 under the pretense of changing money.
The BDC Mallam, recalled the dealer, told him that Egbegbe had phoned him from a Fidelity Bank branch opposite the MultiChoice outlet (Semiu’s shop), claiming to own the place and requesting to change naira to dollars.
Egbegbe didn’t give the BDC the equivalent naira to what he collected from him while assuring him that he owned Semiu’s shop and he could find him there anytime.
Before Semiu knew what was happening, the mallam dragged him to his base beating him up.
“Before I knew what was happening, I was surrounded by over 20 Hausa men and dragged to Sabo, the hub of forex trading in Ibadan,” the dealer told SaharaReporters.
At Sabo, the currency traders convinced that the dealer knew the man who took $3,000, descended on him.
“I was beaten for about 45 minutes and was about to be killed before a policeman from State Investigation Bureau (SIB), named Samson, intervened and ordered us to move to Oyo State Police Command Headquarters at Eleyele,” he recalled.
At the Police Station, Semiu was interrogated with the BDC trader but he insisted he didn’t know Mr. Egbegbe. He was faced with the option of either paying the sum of 500,000 or be charged to court.
Fortunately, on the deadline for the payment at the Anti-Robbery Squad, Mr. Semiu saw actress Toyin Aimakhu and Legbegbe who pretended to be a customer at his Gotv shop. He told the officers who apprehended Legbegbe. He was arrested after initial hesitation by the Police and confessed to the crime.
His then-girlfriend, however, told the Police she was ready to offer them something to bury the matter as she didn’t want the scandal linked to her.
He confessed to the crime and promised to refund the Hausa, currency trader. The actress added the dealer, slumped in shock.
“I was invited back to AKS on January 18, 2016, for apology and compensation, but nothing not was done. The CSO and other staff of the Fidelity Bank branch lost their job. I incurred huge financial losses and almost lost my sight,” the dealer recalled.
After this incident, Legbegbe tried playing another stunt at the popular Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos. He was arrested at the market after sales boy to the shop he took 9 iPhones from raised an alarm.
Egbegbe told the Police he was on his way to his car to pick money for the phones when the sales boy said he was running away with the phones. He was apprehended and beaten mercilessly by passersby.
While the owner of the shop insists that Egbeegbe was running away, he claims that he was going to get money in his car.
SP Dolapo Badmos, PPRO, Lagos Police Command alleged theft was confirmed.
“Yes, the command received the report. There are accusations and denials. The shop owner alleged that the said Seun came to his shop to buy phones, in the process he wanted to bolt away in a vehicle. While Seun said he wanted to pick money from his vehicle to balance the payment based on an agreement with the sales boy.
But that while he entered the vehicle, the boy screamed for help and he was attacked by some people around the vicinity. However, the command through its operatives at Area F is investigating the matter to unravel the occurrence. The outcome will be made open.”
Egbegbe was found guilty of the crime and other fraudulent activities involving N39 million; $90,000 and £12,550. The police alleged that he fraudulently obtained money from no fewer than 40 Bureau De Change operators in Lagos over a period of two years – 2015 to 2017.
He was accused of falsely telling them he had naira to change into foreign currencies and vice versa. On March 10, 2017, over 30 BDC operators stormed the court for the trial.
After going back and forth, Justice Oguntoyinbo of the Lagos Federal High Court finally ruled that the filmmaker be granted bail once he meets the bail requirements of N5million with two sureties in a sum of N2.5million.
However, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Rotimi Oladokun, recently told PREMIUM TIMES that the filmmaker is still being held at the Ikoyi prisons.
He said, “As at the last prison count, I can confirm to you that Egbegbe is still in prison custody because he is yet to perfect his bail conditions”.
It was gathered that all his friends and followers have deserted him. A source told reporters
“They are afraid of being implicated. It is only his heavily pregnant girlfriend, Nikky Berry, and his parents that visit him now”.
His girlfriend Onyenike welcomed a baby girl back in 2017 after he was granted bail alongside his accomplices. Onyenike has been with her embattled baby daddy since his trials.
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