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Fred Ajudua Accuses Judge Of Bias, Stalls Trial
Fred Ajudua has filed an interlocutory application at the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, seeking for his case to be transferred to another judge, thus, causing a setback in his on-going trial.
His counsel, Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, expressed fears on Monday at the resumed hearing of the case that his client may not get a fair trial if the presiding judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole was left to handle the matter.
He accused the judge of being biased towards Ajudua.
The prosecuting counsel, Oluwemimo Ogunde, asked the court for seven days to respond appropriately to the application, as he only received the request last Friday.
Justice Oyewole expressed displeasure at the delay in the commencement of trial before adjourning the case to September 24, 2013,
The court had at the last hearing dismissed Ajudua’s application for bail and his motion to quash the charges on the grounds that one of his victims had announced his intention to discontinue with the case.
He has since been remanded at the Kirikiri prison.
Ajudua was re-arraigned on June 11, after eight years of absconding from trial on charges of defrauding two foreigners,Messrs Remy Gina and Pierre Vijgen, of $1.69million.