The embattled film-maker, Oluwaseun Olasunkami (aka Seun Egbegbe), who was accused of stealing nine iPhones at a shop in the Computer Village, Lagos, was brought before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
He was arraigned on one count of stealing before a Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Y.O. Aje-Afunwa. The police said the offence, which was allegedly committed at Kaaltex Innovation Consultancy in Ikeja, contravened Section 278 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
Egbegbe had told the police that he wanted to pick the money from his vehicle when the sales boy screamed and alerted the mob.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, which was credited to Egbegbe, he stated that he was neither arrested nor beaten by any mob.
A few hours after the statement went viral, a police source at the command told Punch that the suspect was still in custody, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, visited the Area F Command and was briefed on the case.
The police, in the charge preferred against Egbegbe on Thursday, stated that the stolen iPhones were worth N2.4m.
The charge read, “That you, Oluwaseun Olasunkami, on November 22, 2016, at about 9am, at 9, Simbiat Abiola Way, Ikeja, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did steal nine iPhone 6s, valued at N2,400,000, property of one Kaaltex Innovation Consutancy, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 278 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected summary trial.
The presiding magistrate, Aje-Afunwa, admitted him to bail in the sum of N1m with two responsible sureties in like sum.
The magistrate added that the sureties must present evidence of tax clearance and their residential addresses to the court for verification.
The case was adjourned till February 8, 2017, for mention.