Fred Ajudua, the Ibusa, Delta State born 419 kingpin is in trouble once more over an alleged fraud of $8.4m.
Though, this is not a new case but the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday, re-arraigned him in Lagos.
Ajudua was accused of swindling the complainant, a former Chief of Army, Staff Lt Col. Ishaya Bamaiyi, of the said sum sometime in 2004 at Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos.
His re-arraignment on Thursday followed the transfer of his case from Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja to Justice Kudirat Jose of the same court.
The amended charge against Ajudua contained 28 counts.
Ajudua, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence when the charges were read to him.
Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the same court had last year convicted a court registrar, Mrs. Oluronke Rosulu, who was accused of aiding Ajudua in perpetrating the fraud and sentenced her to 10 years imprisonment.
Following his arraignment, Ajudua’s new lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), made an application to allow his client to continue with the bail granted him by the Court of Appeal.
But counsel for the EFCC opposed the application, arguing that since the matter was starting de novo, Ajudua was required to file a fresh application for bail.
In response, Quakers maintained that since the charge was the same, the bail earlier granted his client by the Court of Appeal should be allowed to subsist.
In a short ruling, Justice Jose upheld EFCC lawyer’s argument and directed Ajudua to file a fresh application for bail.
“I am not going to remand the defendant but in the light of the amended charge, he must file a bail application before this court,” the Judge held.
Quakers also pleaded with the court that his client had an outstanding application, which sought the court’s permission to travel abroad for a surgical operation.
He said his client was suffering from a kidney-related ailment which required surgical operation.
In response, EFCC lawyer said that he was going to respond to Ajudua’s application orally.
But Justice Jose said the EFCC’s response must come in a written form.
The Judge adjourned further proceedings in the matter till September 15, 20, 21 and 22, 2016.