The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has ordered Fred Ajudua to appear in court on May 23.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso issued the order following the failure of Ajudua to appear in court on Wednesday.
Justice Oyefeso ordered his counsel, Allen Agbaka, to ensure the presence of the socialite in court on May 23 and 28 for commencement of trial.
At resumed sitting of the court, Agbaka told the court that his client has travelled out of the country for medical treatment.
According to him, “Ajudua was taken to India on February 8 for urgent medical attention”.
He said the trip followed a referral to Ruby Hall Clinic, India, for surgery.
He said the defendant had written a letter to the court and attached his international passport, visa documents, medical reports from Ruby Hall Clinic well as photographs showing him on hospital bed in India.
The counsel said copies of the documents had been served on the prosecuting counsel, S.K. Atteh.
Ajudua is standing trial for allegedly defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd), of $8.4m, while they were both in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, in 2004.