Prof Yemi Osinbajo was among
prominent Nigerians former
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Gen.
Ishaya Bamaiyi, whose names a
Lagos High Court Registrar, Ms
Rosulu Idowu Oluronke and
accused, Fred Ajudua, used to
defraud him of $330,000 in 1999.
Bamaiyi told the Lagos High
Court, Ikeja, yesterday that the
money was part payment for
the professional fees of Chief
Afe Babalola, SAN, allegedly
contacted to handle the case
when he was at the Kirikiri
Maximum Prison, Lagos.
Gen. Bamaiyi, who was COAS
under the regime of the late
Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha,
told the trial judge, Justice Lateef
Lawal-Akapo, that he met
Ajudua and Alumile Adedeji
a.k.a. Ade Bendel at Kirikiri
Maximum Prison when he was
remanded for the attempted
murder of the late Publisher of
The Guardian, Mr. Alex Ibru and
two others.
Led in-evidence by the
prosecutor, Mr. Seidu Alteh, he
disclosed that Ms Rosulu, who
was Justice Oyewole’s registrar,
visited him three times at the
prison in respect of the payment
for Chief Babalola’s professional
He said: “On November 23,
1999, I was in Cell 5 (first floor)
at Kirikiri Maximum Prison.
Later Ajudua and Ade Bendel
were brought in at the block.
Ajudua and I were in my cell, so
we became friends. Ajudua told
me that he is a lawyer and has
studied my case, and found out it
is purely a political one. Ajudua
told me that he was interested in
the case and has sent his wife to
see the Lagos Chief Judge, Justice
Ade Alabi (rtd) and the state
Attorney-General, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, over the matter. I was
told that the CJ was the one in
contact with Chief Babalola.”
According to him, Ajudua later
told him that based on the advice
of the CJ and AG, (Justice Alabi
and Prof Osinbajo), there was
need for the case to be handled
by Chief Babalola who would
facilitate his release from prison
He said: “I was told that Chief
Babalola charged $18million as
professional fees and that the
money was to be paid through
Justice Oyewole. Ajudua told me
that Justice Oyewole was going to
send his registrar (Rosulu).
“On October 23, 2004 (1st visit)
the defendant, Rosulu, came with
Ajudua at the prison and confirmed
to me that she was sent by Justice
Oyewole. She came with Ajudua
to the visiting room, alongside
a prison officer, ACP Abdullahi
“On November 6, 2004 at 10am,
(2nd visit) the defendant, Rosulu,
came with Ajudua at the prison,
alongside ACP Garuba. This time
she came with her daughter whom
she said was from the university.
The defendant assured me that
any money released through
Justice Oyewole would get to Chief
“Before the defendant’s 3rd visit
on November 20, 2004, a friend of
mine had arranged $330,000 for
me. The money was brought in a
‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag to the prison.
I showed Ajudua the money and he
said he would send one Jonathan
(Ajudua’s boy) to accompany us
in counting the money. The money
was counted in the presence of
the defendant (Rosulu) the prison
officer (ACP Garuba),” he said.
Bamaiyi maintained that after
counting the money, Rosulu carried
the bag and Ajudua saw them off to
the gate.
“That evening, Ajudua told me
that the defendant (Rosulu) called
and confirmed delivering the said
money to Justice Oyewole and
that same had been taken to Chief
Babalola. I never met her again
until December 19, 2013 at the
Lagos office of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC. Not hearing from Chief
Babalola after a while, then Ajudua
had travelled to India, I suspected
that something was wrong.
“I called Ajudua’s line in India
to tell him that Justice Oyewole
said he never received any money
and Chief Babalola did not handle
my case. Ajudua asked me how I
got Justice Oyewole’s number and
since then he stopped receiving
calls on that line,” Bamaiyi stated.
During cross-examination
by the defence counsel, Mr.
Bamidele Ogundele, he stated
that the defendant (Rosulu) never
introduced herself to him as an
officer or staff in the office of Chief
He (Bamaiyi) stressed that
the defendant did not sign any
document and could not have
signed any document on receiving
the $330,000 as part payment for
Chief Babalola’s professional fees.
The court filings revealed that
between November 2004 and June
2005, Ajudua funneled the sum
of $330,000 through Rosulu and
others. Ajudua was at the Kirikiri
Maximum Security Prison during
the period.
The EFCC said that Ajudua
was able to defraud Bamaiyi by
claiming to have close ties with
Justice Oyewole, before whom the
former Army chief was standing
Rosulu is facing trial on a twocount
charge of conspiracy to
obtain money by false pretences
and obtaining money by false
Count one of the charges read:
“Rosulu Idowu Oluronke, Fred
Chijindu Ajudua, Alumile Adedeji
a.k.a. Ade Bendel (still at large),
one Mr. Jonathan (still at large),
one Mr. Kenneth (still at large),
Princess Hamabon William (still
at large) and others still at large,
on November 20, 2004 at Lagos
within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court, with intent
to defraud, obtained the sum of
$330,000 from retired Lieutenant
General Ishaya Rizi Bamaiyi by
falsely represented to General
Bamaiyi that the $330,000 was
part payment for professional fees
charged by Chief Afe Babalola
(SAN) to handle General Bamaiyi’s
case in court and to facilitate his
(General Bamaiyi) release from
prison custody.”
The anti-graft agency told the
court that the offence was contrary
to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee
Fraud and Other Fraud Related
Offences Act, No. 13 of 1995 as
amended by Act No. 62 of 1999

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