$1.69m fraud: Court de­nies Ajudua bail

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

A La­gos State High Court sit­ting in Ikeja yes­ter­day re­jected the bail ap­pli­ca­tion filed be­fore it by a La­gos lawyer and a so­cialite, Fred Ajudua, ask­ing the court to grant him bail over his poor health con­di­tion.

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) is pros­e­cut­ing Ajudua and one Charles Orie for al­legedly de­fraud­ing two Dutch busi­ness­menMessrs Remy Cina and Pierre Vi­jge of $1.69 mil­lion.

Ajudua’s coun­sel,

Chief Charles Edo­somwan, had filed a bail ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the court on the ground that his client is suf­fer­ing from a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness.

But rul­ing on the bail ap­pli­ca­tion, Jus­tice Kudi­rat Jose said Ajudua’s an­tecedents es­pe­cially his jump­ing of bail in 2006 and tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence were re­spon­si­ble for the de­nial of his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

The judge added that Ajudua’s health could be at­tended to in prison.

“Giv­ing these cir­cum­stances, the med­i­cal needs of the ap­pli­cant can be met while still in de­ten­tion. In his counter af­fi­davit, the ap­pli­cant did not re­spond to the claims that he had tam­pered with ev­i­dence. His lack of re­sponse means an ad­mis­sion of guilt,” Jus­tice Jose added.

Jus­tice there­after fixed April 28th and 29th for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

Ajudua is be­ing tried in sep­a­rate courts for two dif­fer­ent cases. In one of the cases, he is be­ing tried for al­legedly de­fraud­ing a Dutch busi­ness­man of $1.69 mil­lion (N270 mil­lion). He is also be­ing tried for de­fraud­ing Nigeria’s exArmy chief, Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $6 mil­lion (N960 mil­lion).

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