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Alleged fraud king Ajudua's trial set for early next week

27 February 2014, 17:25

Ikeja -  The  Ikeja High Court has again deferred the matter against alleged fraud kingpin, Fred Ajudua, who is in court for allegedly defrauding former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, of about $8.4 million.

At the last hearing of the case, Ajudua had filed a preliminary objection to his trail insisting that Bamaiyi should also stand trial for acknowledging that he attempted to bribe a sitting judge through him.

In his argument on the motion on Thursday, Ajudua’s lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, further insisted that the Advance Fee Fraud law under which his client was arraigned had since been repealed.

He also argued that the $8.4 million which his client was alleged to have defrauded had not been proven to be Bamaiyi's personal money. 

Ojo urged the court to dismiss the 14-count charge as they were a fundamentally defective and amounts to illegality.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lawyer, Saidu Atteh, however countered the objection saying that issues raised by the defendant were premature and should be addressed during the trial.

He urged that court to dismiss the objection and ask the defendant to take his plea.

The EFCC had alleged that Ajudua, along with others still at large defrauded Bamaiyi between November 2004 and June 2005 while in prison.

Ajudua is the only defendant in the fresh charges as others who allegedly committed the offences along with him are said to be at large.

Other suspects, who were said to be on the run, are Alumile Adedeji (alias Ade Bendel) one Mr. Kenneth and Princess Hamabon William.

Ajudua, along with other suspects, were said to have defrauded Bamaiyi at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, where he and the other fraud suspects were on remand for various crimes.

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Ikeja High Court said he would rule on Ajudua’s application on Monday.

About ten witnesses, including Bamaiyi and prison officials, are expected to give evidence in the matter.

Ajudua is also standing trial in another court for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen, of US$1.69 million (about N270m).

The matter has been in the courts since 2003.

– CAJ News


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