Chief Afe Babalola law firm yesterday denied receiving payments for professional fees from a one-time Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, to represent a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi.
The firm disclosed this through its Managing Partner, Mr. Adebayo Adenipekun (SAN), while testifying at the trial of a court registrar, Oluronke Rosolu, before a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.
Led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission counsel, Mr. Seidu Atteh, Adenipekun told the court presided over by Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo that as the head of the chamber’s administration during the period the said transaction took place, he would know if any payment was made to the law firm.
He contended that the law firm had no deal with either Bamaiyi or Ajudua.
“Ajudua did not brief our firm to represent Bamaiyi at any time. That is not correct. We did not receive any legal fee from Ajudua in respect of the general.
“We were never briefed to represent Bamaiyi and we did not receive any money from Ajudua,” Adenipekun maintained.
After the Managing Partner’s testimony, the court adjourned the matter till Wednesday for continuation of trial.
Bamaiyi had alleged that Rosulu, a former registrar to Justice Joseph Oyewole, collected $330,000 from him on behalf of Ajudua in November 20, 2004.