Coronavirus claim forces judge to adjourn $8.4m fraud case

A judge sitting in Lagos State High Court, in Ajah, was compelled to adjourn a suit due to the suspect’s claim of testing positive to coronavirus.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso, on Tuesday,  adjourned the suit involving socialite Fred Ajudua, whom the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused of defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff Ishaya Bamayi of  $8.4million. According to the charges, Ajudua and Bamaiyi were inmates of the Kirikiri Prison, Lagos, in 2004, when the former and his accomplices, allegedly approached the retired general to hire the legal services of Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, at the cost of $8.4m to secure his release. The offer would turn to be a hoax.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Ajudua’s counsel had told the judge his client was absent for his trial because of his condition.

The suit was adjourned till February 15, 2022.

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