Alleged $8.4m Fraud: Ajudua’s Absence In Court Stalls Trial Again

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The trial of a suspected serial fraudster Fred Ajudua at the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos was stalled on Tuesday due to his absence in court.

According to a statement by the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, he was charged with $8.4million fraud before Justice Josephine Oyefeso of the same court.

Ajudua is facing trial for allegedly defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $8.4m while they were both in custody in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos in 2004.

The defendant, together with his accomplices, had allegedly approached Bamaiyi and convinced him that he could secure his freedom and also secure legal services on his behalf.

At Tuesday’s sitting, counsel to Ajudua, Allen Agbaka, told the court about the current medical status of Ajudua and also sought an adjournment of the proceedings.

In his address, Agbaka stated that Ajudua was “evacuated to India on February 8, 2018, for urgent medical attention”, following a referral to Ruby Hall Clinic, India for surgery.

The counsel added that the defendant had written a letter to the court and attached his international passport, visa documents, and medical reports from Ruby Hall Clinic, India as well as photographs showing him on a hospital bed in India.

Ajudua’s lawyer, who said copies of the documents had been served on the prosecution counsel, S.K. Atteh, urged the court to adjourn the case for three to six months or sine die.

In his response, the prosecution counsel, however, told the court that the medical challenges of the defendant had delayed the commencement of the trial.

He, therefore, prayed the court to try the defendant in absentia, “since the matter has been long in court.”

Justice Oyefeso adjourned the case till May 23 and 28, 2018 for the commencement of trial.

She also ordered the defendant to be present in court at the next adjourned date.

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