Popular Lagos socialite Fred Ajudua re-arraigned for fraud

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Fred Ajudua

Lagos socialite Fred Ajudua was re-arraigned at an Ikeja High Court on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi of $10.3 million.

Ajudua plead not guilty to a 28-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence.

The charges were brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ajudua was arraigned after Justice Josephine Oyefeso had in a ruling dismissed his application dated Jan. 6, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try him.

“The fact that the defendant’s statement is not in the proof of evidence is not relevant to the issue of the jurisdiction of this court.

“The EFCC can prosecute any financial crime in any court in Nigeria in accordance with Section 211 (1)(b) of the constitution.

“The statement that the defendant has no case is premature and…

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