Lagos - The trial of alleged fraud kingpin, Fred Ajudua, who purportedly duped two Dutchmen of US$1,6 million, could not proceed on Tuesday due to the absence of prosecution counsel.
Ajudua was scheduled to be re- arraigned before the courts in Lagos after he allegedly conned Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen.
The matter was transferred from Justice Olubunmi Oyewole from Justice Kudirat Jose.
Oyewole’s withdrawal follows a petition written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi alleging that Ajudua used the names of the judge and others to defraud him of about $8.39 million.
Bamaiyi’s petition, in which he alleged that Ajudua fraudulently collected the money from him between November 2004 and June 2005, has led to fresh charges against Ajudua by the EFCC.
Ajudua formal arraignment on the charge has been fixed for February 12 before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja.
On Tuesday, proceedings on the earlier charge could not continue because the EFCC had no representation.
The court subsequently adjourned the matter to February 5 for re-arraignment.
– CAJ News