It is no longer news that the movie producer turned phone thief, Seun Egbegbe was on Thursday arraigned before Lagos State Magistrates’ Court, but the gist now is that he was transported to Kirikiri Maximum Prison from the court, for alleged theft of 10 pieces of iPhones.
Magistrate Y. O. Aje-Afunwa, on one count charge of theft slammed against him by the police, Seun, who pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him, was alleged to have committed the offence at the Computer Village, Ikeja, where he requested for the phones.
The police prosecution told the court that the incident occurred while the sales girl was trying to calculate the items Seun requested for, but that he allegedly ran out of the shop with the phones and tried to board a waiting vehicle.
The sales girl allegedly raised the alarm, which attracted other traders in the market. He was eventually caught and beaten to a pulp before the police intervened and rescued him.
The presiding magistrate, Aje-Afunwa, granted him N1 million bail and two sureties in like sum. He was ordered to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison pending when he would fulfill his bail conditions.
A mild drama, however, played out outside the court as Seun’s supporters threatened to beat up journalists if they took the accused pictures. It took the intervention of police and court orderlies, who sent the rowdy mob out of the court premises, to save the situation, Vanguard reports.
While journalists waited to take Seun’s picture, his family members colluded with prison warders to sneak him out of the court premises through the back door into a waiting prison vehicle.