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Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

$1.69m Scam: Ajudua Loses Bail Bid, to Stay in Kirikiri Prison

Fred Ajudua to stay in Kirikiri prison though out trial

By Wilson Uwujaren
LAGOS MARCH 31ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Justice Kudirat Jose of Lagos High Court, Ikeja on Monday, March 31, 2014 declined to grant bail to Fred Ajudua, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for $1.69million fraud.
According to her: Ajudua’s bail application lacked merit as the medical report he brought before the court did not show that he cannot be treated while in prison. Justice Jose also said that Ajudua’s counsel, Charles Edosomwan, SAN, did not convince her that the accused person would not abscond the second time, if admitted to bail.

Besides, she said that the court was also not persuaded that Ajudua would not interfere with prosecution and tamper with evidence. She ordered that Ajudua be remanded at the Kirikiri maximum prison, Lagos, where he would be coming for his trial and also to receive medical treatment as an out patient at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
Prosecuting counsel, E. A. Sanusi, had objected to Ajudua’s bail application citing his antecedents of jumping bail. He reminded the court that, when Ajudua was arraigned in 2006, he was granted bail on medical grounds after he told the court that he was receiving treatment at Grant Medical Foundation, Pane, India. After securing the bail, he failed to make further appearances in court and all efforts to bring him to court was frustrated by his unending applications, a move that warranted the court to revoke the bail earlier granted and to also issue a bench warrant on him.
It will be recalled that, Ajudua appeared before Justice Joseph Oyewole on June 11, 2013 to continue with his trial. Justice Oyewole withdrew from the case early this year. This led to his re-arraignment before Justice Kudirat Jose.
Ajudua is facing trial for defrauding two Dutch nationals of the sum of $1.69m.

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