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Lawyer absence stall Ajudua trial

30 June 2014, 21:17

Lagos - The trial of alleged fraud kingpin, Fred Ajudua, has suffered another setback when it could not proceed on Monday because of the absence of his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo.

Ajudua said his lawyer could not attend as the pair had some “issues” to iron out.

It could not be ascertained why Ojo could not attend the trial at the Ikeja High Court.

The case has experienced glitches previously with a lack of witnesses, some that are said to be foreign-based and power outages.

Ajudua is facing charges of defrauding former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, of US$4.8 million while they were both in custody at Kirikiri Prison in Lagos between November 2004 and June 2005.

The complainant in the matter, Gen. Bamaiyi attended the court proceedings for the first time.

He was accompanied by his wife and several relatives.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that Ajudua and other still at large defrauded Bamaiyi through false claims that the money represented the professional fees charged by Afe Babalola to handle Bamaiyi’s case in court and to facilitate his release from prison.

Ajudua, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, had in an application insisted that Bamaiyi be put on trial also for admitting that he offered bribe.

The court in an earlier ruling however dismissed the application.

The matter has been adjourned to Friday.

– CAJ News

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