The police have produced a witness in the ongoing trial of fraud cases levelled against a film promoter, Olajide Kareem, popularly called Seun Egbegbe, and five others.
This is in compliance with the order of the court. Egbegbe is being tried by the police before a judge, Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, at the Federal High Court, alongside Oyekan Ayomide, Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo.
The accused are being tried for allegedly defrauding over 30 Bureau de Change operators to the tune of N39,098,100 million: $90,000 and 12,550 pounds.
During the court proceedings on Wednesday, the judge had berated the police over the manner it handled the case.
She also ordered the police to produce its witness, Bello Abubakar, an inspector of police, who had testified before the court but never showed up for cross-examination.
However, despite the appearance of the police witness before the court on Wednesday, the judge declined to vacate her earlier order when requested by the prosecutor, Innocent Anyigor.
The judge also said the order will only be vacated when the ”police witness concludes his evidence.”
The case has been adjourned till October 17, for the continuation of cross-examination of the witness.
Egbegbe and his co-accused were re-arraigned by the police in a third amended charge marked FHC/L/40c/2017.
Their charges border on conspiracy, stealing, and fraud.
They were alleged to have defrauded over 30 BDC operators by falsely representing to them that they had foreign currencies to sell to or buy from the BDC operators.
The suspects were also alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sums of N2.450 million, and £3,000 from a certain Isa Adamu in Lagos on February 2, 2017.
The suspects are alleged to have committed the fraud under the guise that they wanted to see the naira and buy the pounds.