EFCC Re-Arraigns Fred Ajudua On 28-Count Charge

Fred Ajudua, EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has re-arraigned alleged fraudster, Fred Ajudua, before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja on a 28-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

The anti-graft re-arraigned him over an allegation that he defrauded former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Col. Ishaya Bamaiyi in 2004 while they were at both remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons.

The offense is contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 13 of 1995 as amended by Act No. 62 of 1999.

When the charges were read to him, the defendant pleaded “not guilty” and the counsel to the EFCC, Saidu Ateh proceeded to ask the court for a trial date.

But the counsel to the defendant, Norrison Quakers (SAN) urged Justice Jose to be bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal granting the defendant bail.

Justice Jose asked the counsel to file a new application for bail to be heard on the next adjourned date.

The matter was adjourned to September 15, 2016 for trial.

The matter was initially before Justice Atinuke Ipaye and was later transferred to Justice Kudirat Jose after Ajudua’s co-defendant, the former registrar of the court, Olorunke Idowu Rosulu opted for separate trial.

Rosulu had since been jailed for 10 years over the allegations.

$1.69million Scam: Court Awaits Decision On Ajudua’s Appeal

FRED AJIDUAA Lagos High Court has suspended further hearing in the $1.69million scam case involving suspected serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua, till September 24, 2014, to allow for the determination of the accused person’s appeal, challenging the court’s refusal of his bail application.

Ajudua is asking the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division to upturn Justice Jose’s decision to refuse him bail.

In the notice of appeal, he insisted that he needed urgent medical attention that would not be possible while in prison.

He contended that the lower court was biased in not granting his bail application.

At the resumed hearing of the case presided over by Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Friday, EFCC counsel, Oluwemimo Ogunde, argued on point of law against the ruling of Justice Jose at the last court sitting on May 23, ordering the EFCC to call witnesses in the ongoing trial of Ajudua, despite the pending application by the defence for stay of proceedings in view of its application before the appellate court.

Ogunde stated that, the position of law concerning the lower court in a matter that has a pending application before a higher court was that, when “an application is before a higher court, a lower court cannot silence a higher court and continue trial”.

But Ajudua’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, argued that the court cannot overrule itself.

However, Ogunde countered that, “the prosecution is not here to argue if the court should overrule itself, neither are we here to argue the merit of the application but the position of the law. But if the court insists on the previous ruling, we will go ahead and call our witnesses and our witnesses are coming from abroad and it will be a waste of tax payers’ money to bring these witnesses only to discover that they are not needed”.

After listening to the submissions of counsel, Justice Jose then ruled that trial would continue on September 24 and October 2, 2014, after the Court of Appeal would have taken a position on the application before it.

Ajudua and Charles Ovie are standing trial before Justice Jose for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen of $1.69m.