Again, Fred Ajudua’s Lawyer Seeks Adjournment of Alleged $8.4m Fraud Trial

The trial of Fred Ajudua obtaining to the tune of $8.4m could not on today, Monday, October 18, 2021, as his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, sought an adjournment before Justice Josephine Oyefeso of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ajah, Lagos.

Ajudua allegedly defrauded a former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $8.4m,  they both in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos in 2004 different offences.

Ajudua, alongside his accomplices, had allegedly approached Bamaiyi and convinced him that he could hire the legal services of Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, at the cost of $8.4m to help secure his release.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecution counsel, S.K. Atteh, told the court that the prosecution received a letter from the defence ,Ojo,  stating that he would not present in court and also sought an adjournment of the trial.

“In the letter, he also requested three days in December,” Atteh added.

He also told the court that after the case was filed in 2013, it suffered a series of preliminary objections till November 6, 2018 when the trial commenced.

“From the records of the court, it appears the defence has little or no time this case. The first prosecution witness has been in the witness box since November 6, 2018; and up until now, he hasn’t finished giving his evidence.

“We acknowledge that the defendant has the constitutional right to engage any  of his choice, but the also has to have time the case.

“It is not proper that the defence counsel has to the fixing dates this case”, he further submitted.

Atteh, therefore, asked the court a date in November.

He also submitted that “the defendant can engage another lawyer, if his lawyer is unavailable so as not to waste the time of the court.”

Justice Oyefeso, in a short ruling, held  that “I have noted the concerns of the prosecution, and the SAN must devote time this criminal charge.

“We must ensure that the case is expeditiously and without further excuses.”

The matter was adjourned to November 15 and December 6, 2021 continuation of trial.