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Ajudua's trial further deferred

06 June 2014, 18:01

Ikeja - Ikeja High Court has adjourned the trial of prominent socialite and alleged fraud mastermind, Fred Ajudua, to September.

Justice Kudirat Jose, adjourned the matter to allow the Court of Appeal decide on the application filed by Ajudua challenging the competence of the charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ajudua is standing trial along with one Alex Okorie for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen of US$1.69 million.

The EFCC alleged that the defendants deceived the victims by claiming that the money was for sundry payments to various government officials.

The EFCC further alleged that the defendants claimed that the payments would help them to facilitate a contract worth 18 million dollars on behalf of the complainants.

While the matter is pending before the High Court, Ajudua's lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, proceeded to the Court of Appeal challenging the competence of the charges brought against him by the EFCC.

He is also seeking a stay of proceeding of Ajudua's trial at the High Court pending the outcome of his application at the High Court.

The Appeal Court has slated June 18 for hearing of argument on the appeal.

The trial has previously suffered glitches from power outages to a lack of witnesses.

- CAJ News

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