Professor Pat Utomi Celebrates 60th Birthday

Pat UtomiThe Founder of the Centre for Value and Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi, has joined the league of those in the diamond age.

The one-time presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Mega Party, called up friends, family and admirers for a celebration of the new era in his life.

Known for being outspoken, he is a professor of Political Economy, a Management Expert and Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria.

Born in Kaduna, the north-western part of Nigeria, the professor who is an indigene of Ibuzo in Delta State, served as a Special Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari during Nigeria’s second republic.

 

He cuts a jack and master figure in all his trades, leaving a trail of excellence as he moves on to the next one.

Professor Pat Utomi spoke to Channels Television’s Metrofile and reflects on the state of the nation as he marks another milestone in his life.

“We are not where we should be,” he said.

Enjoy the interview and happy scenes from the 60th birthday celebration.

Here, the usually serious minded professor shows the other side of him with unbelievable dance steps to upbeat Nigerian hip hop music.

Ajudua Trial Resumes, Faces Fresh Arraignment On February 5

Alleged serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua, is to face a fresh arraignment on February 5, 2014, more than ten years after he was first arraigned in 2003 for fraud charges totalling about $1.69m. 

He will be arraigned before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja who has been assigned the case following the withdrawal of the former trial judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole.

Justice Oyewole’s withdrawal may not be unconnected with a petition written to the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (Rtd).

In the petition, Lt.-Gen. Bamaiyi alleged that Ajudua and some others, swindled him of $8.395m on the pretext of helping him to secure his release from the Kirikiri Maximum Prison where he was remanded between November 2004 and June 2005.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that Ajudua and the others, who are said to be at large, had fraudulently claimed that $1m out of the total money collected from Bamaiyi was for financial assistance for the treatment of Justice Oyewole’s father.

Back in 2003, the EFCC had arraigned Ajudua and one other person before Justice Oyewole for allegedly defrauding two Dutch business men of about $1.69m between July 1999 and September 2000.

The prosecution had already called six witnesses in proof of the case against him before Ajudua absconded from trial in 2005. After a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, he voluntarily reappeared in 2013 and this time Justice Oyewole denied him bail.

He was eventually granted bail by the vacation judge, Justice Ganiyu Safari, and had not attended his trial before Justice Oyewole withdrew from the case.

The matter, which was then reassigned to Justice Jose, was fixed for re-arraignment today (January 28) but the proceedings were stalled owing to the absence of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wemimo Ogunde, and the second accused person in court. Ajudua and his counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, were however present.

Channels Television’s Judiciary Correspondent, Shola Soyele, reports that another Lagos High Court judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye has also fixed February 12 for the arraignment of Ajudua based on Bamaiyi’s petition to the EFCC.

A 13 count charge of fraud and conspiracy has already been made against Ajudua.

EFCC To Arraign Ajudua For Defrauding Bamaiyi

A Lagos high court sitting in Ikeja has fixed February 12, 2014 for the arraignment of Mr. Fred Ajudua, for fresh charges of defrauding a former chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (rtd.) of about $8.395million

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fresh charges dated October 14, 2013, alleged that Mr. Ajudua, along with others still at large, had committed the crime between November 2004 and June 2005.

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

The EFCC claims that the suspects had fraudulently collected the money from General Bamaiyi in parts, falsely claiming that the payments represented the professional fees charged by a legal practitioner, Afe Babalola (SAN) to handle Bamaiyi’s case in court and to facilitate his release from prison.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that Ajudua and others fraudulently claimed that $1m out of the total money collected from Bamaiyi was for financial assistance for the treatment of Justice Olubunmi Oyewole’s father.

Justice Oyewole was then presiding over Bamaiyi’s case in court.

Justice Ipaye of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja has adjourned till February 12 for the arraignment, ordering that a warrant of production should be served on the prison authority to produce Ajudua at the next hearing.