$8m Fraud: Ajudua Swore On Son’s Life Not To Defraud Me –Bamaiyi

A former Chief of Military Employees, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, on Friday, instructed an Ikeja Excessive Courtroom that Fred Ajudua, an alleged serial conman, defrauded him in spite swearing on his son’s life.

Bamaiyi made the disclosure whereas being cross-examined by Ajudua’s counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, on the resumed listening to in allegedly swindling Bamaiyi of $8.four million on the Kirikiri Most Prisons by Ajudua in 2004.

“I trusted him utterly; you don’t perceive the idea and degree of belief I had. I’m a father and a grandfather. I perceive this stuff. If as a father he (Ajudua) swears that his solely son ought to die if he ought to defraud me; that’s greater than adequate receipt.

“When he defrauded me, I initially stored quiet. It was after he ran away for six years that I made a decision to complain. By God, I by no means knew I’ll discover myself in courtroom,” Bamaiyi stated, responding to a query on why he didn’t ask for receipts from Ajudua as proof receiving the funds.

Friday’s session was the fifth within the proceedings by which Bamaiyi was cross-examined by the defence since giving his evidence-in-chief on Nov. 26, 2018.

The previous military chief stated the funds given to Ajudua for cost for the authorized providers of Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) have been dropped at him in jail by members of the family, mates, and employees.

He stated jail guidelines allowed cash meant for the cost of authorized illustration to be introduced into the premises of the jail, including that he recorded all cash dropped at the jail in his diary.

“Typically cash was put in our meals containers. The cash is counted within the presence of the jail officers, so it was not hidden.

“My lord, I stated it earlier than and let me repeat it, when guests include the meals containers, he who brings the meals will style it in order that they won’t poison the inmate.

“The meals container has meals on high; that’s the one they may style. Cash is stored beneath the container.

“To me, the counting of the cash is a file; the jail authorities knew about this cash and represent data to the jail authorities.

“I can bear in mind the precise quantity every individual introduced; my former ADC, Timothy Chechet, introduced $1 million on two totally different events,” he stated.

He stated the people who introduced a number of the foreign exchange, gave statements to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) confirming that they introduced cash to the Kirikiri Most Prisons.

Explaining the supply of the funds, Bamaiyi stated the cash was given to him by mates who didn’t need their identification disclosed.

He added that the funds have been sourced from his private financial savings, property and farming companies, declaring that a number of the funds have been withdrawn from his account at defunct Nal Service provider Financial institution.

Following the revelation, Ojo requested for a duplicate of Bamaiyi’s assertion of account, saying that the prosecution had not frontloaded a duplicate of the assertion to the defence.

On his half, the prosecuting counsel for EFCC, Mr. Tope Banjo, stated a further proof of proof containing the requested financial institution assertion can be filed in courtroom by the prosecution at an adjourned date.

The choose, Josephine Oyefeso, adjourned the case till September 16 and 19, 2019, for a continuation of trial.

In keeping with the prosecution, Ajudua was incarcerated on the Kirikiri Most Prisons over alleged fraud whereas Bamaiyi was incarcerated over alleged involvement within the tried homicide of Mr. Alex Ibru, the late writer of The Guardian Newspaper.

The prosecution alleged that Ajudua had alongside some accomplices, approached Bamaiyi within the jail in 2004.

The defendant had allegedly satisfied Bamaiyi that he may rent the authorized providers of Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to assist safe his freedom from Kirikiri, and Ajudua allegedly fraudulently collected 8.four million {dollars} because the authorized charges.

When the alleged fraud got here to mild, the legislation chambers of Afe Babalola and Co. issued a disclaimer disassociating itself from the case.


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