How Ajudua Duped Me Of $8.4m, Bamaiyi Tells Court
How Ajudua Duped Me Of $8.4m, Bamaiyi Tells Court – Ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, has narrated to a Lagos High Court in Ikeja, how Fred Ajudua allegedly defrauded him of $8.4million.
He alleged that Ajudua committed the crime, while they were in Kirikiri Prison’s custody in 2004 for different offences.
Bamaiyi gave the testimony in the ongoing trial of Ajudua in the $8.4million fraud suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft commission had alleged that Ajudua approached Bamaiyi, who was facing trial for the attempted murder of the late Publisher of a major media house that he would use the money to facilitate his release.
When he was led-in-evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Seidu Atteh, Bamaiyi told court that Ajudua allegedly deceived him into believing that the money would be used to bribe Justice Joseph Oyewole, who was then handling his trial.
The retired general also said Ajudua informed him that part of the money would be used to settle the legal fee purported charged by Afe Babalola Chambers to handle his matter.
Recounting how he gave Ajudua the money, Bamaiyi said he personally gave the money to the defendant, which he collected from his wife and staff to hire Babalola for his legal representation.
He said: “On February 2005, I sent $500,000 through my driver to the defendant on admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
“My friends and personal staffs delivered money to him while in prison, while he also collected money from my wife twice, one from inside the prison and the other one outside.
He said anytime he or any of his staff released the money, he recorded them in his diary. In 2004, “he collected money six times, while in 2005, he collected money 19 times. And anytime money was released, both in the hospital and outside, he would call me on phone to confirm.
He said he also gave him various sums at different times and disclosed the source of the money to be from his friends, family and colleagues who did not want their names disclosed, because they were serving in the government then.
“Part of the money also came from my farm. I have been into farming since 1984. I also sold several of my properties to raise the money. I sold two duplexes located in Dolphin Estate, Lagos. I also sold my two bungalows in Kaduna,” he said.
After listening to his testimony, the trial judge adjourned the matter till December 20, 2018 for cross-examination.