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Ajudua’s attempt to turn his $8.4 m fraud case against Bamaiyi fails

Fred Ajudua, a former Lagos socialite accused of defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd.) of $8.4 million in 2004 at the Kirikiri Prisons, has written the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to reveal Bamaiyi’s declared assets.

Ajudua’s lawyer Olalekan Ojo stated this yesterday at an Ikeja High Court during Ajudua’s continued trial for the alleged fraud.

Ojo told the court that after the last proceedings on October 16, 2019, Ajudua wrote to the CCB, Abuja, for Certified True Copies (CTC) of the asset declaration forms Bamaiyi claimed to have filled.

Lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Seidu Atteh said that the trial was not about Bamaiyi’s assets but about the fraud Ajudua allegedly committed.

During cross-examined by Ojo, the ex-Army chief had said he meticulously recorded in his diary the receipts of all the $8.4 million funds that Ajudua allegedly took from him.

He said $1 million was given to Ajudua on two occasions at the Kirikiri Prisons, with some withdrawn from his bank account at NAL Merchant Bank, now Sterling Bank.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso adjourned the matter till March 2 for continuation of trial.

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