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Ajudua in court for $8 million swindle

17 December 2013, 14:10Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Lagos High Court has postponed a fresh bid by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arraign one Fred Ajudua for an $8.39 million scam.

The court’s Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, sitting in Ikeja, deferred the matter to February 12.

Ajudua faces a 13-count charge that borders on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.

EFCC counsel, Seidu Atteh, told the court that Ajudua, alongside others who are still at large, defrauded a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi of about $8.39 million while in detention at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, Lagos between November 2004 and June 2005.

Other suspects involved in the scam and who are on the run are Alumile Adedeji, Princess Hamabon William and one Mr Kenneth.

Ajudua and Charles Orie are already facing trial at the Lagos High Court for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen of $1.69million.

Atteh told the court that Ajudua and his accomplices, fraudulently collected the money from Bamaiyi in installments, claiming that the payments represented the professional fees charged by Chief Afe Babalola to handle Bamaiyi’s case in court and facilitate his release from prison.

Besides, Ajudua allegedly claimed that $1million out of the money collected from Bamaiyi would be used to assist Justice Olubunmi Oyewole offset the payment of the hospital bill of his father who, Ajudua falsely claimed, was on admission at the Saint Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, for an undisclosed ailment.

Justice Oyewole was presiding over Bamaiyi’s case in court at the time.

Ajudua’s counsel, Richard Ahoharuogba told the court that his client only became aware of the matter this past weekend and could not attend the court session because he was ill. 

- CAJ News

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