Lagos—Counsel representing lawyer and ex-Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, Allens Agbaka yesterday vowed to produce his client before Justice J. E. Oyefeso for re-arraignment on charges bordering on defrauding former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of 330,000US dollar.
Ajudua was docked before the Lagos State High Court last year alongside a court registrar, Ms. Rosulu Oluronke for allegedly receiving $330,000 supposedly meant to be part payment for professional fees allegedly charged by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to handle his case. However, Rosulu opted for a separate trial and she had since been convicted by the court.
Ajudua was conspicuously absent yesterday when he was expected to be re-arraigned for the offence. His lawyer only informed the court that he was unaware of the development, only that he stumbled on the case before the court. The matter had been earlier fixed for Monday, where Ajudua alongside others(now at large) are to be re-arraigned on a 28-counts charge pressed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Oyefeso was stunned about the absence of Ajudua, which made his lawyer promise to unfailingly produce him. Explaining the reason behind making an undertaking, Agbaka noted that, “I only stumbled on this matter this morning. “I tried to contact the defendant and got in touch with his younger sister, who informed me that the defendant (Ajudua) is being hospitalised at the National Hospital, Abuja. “This is the first time I am hearing about this matter. I personally undertake to produce the defendant at the next adjourned date.