Lagos - Two men, including a prominent alleged fraud kingpin, have been arraigned in the courts for allegedly swindling two Dutch businessmen of US$1,69 million.
One-time Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, and his accomplice Charles Orie, appeared at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen.
Justice Kudirat Jose adjourned the case to Thursday next week for the hearing of arguments on the bail application.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is pushing for the prosecution of Ajudua, the alleged fraud kingpin, and Orie.
They were re-arraigned before on Feb.5 following the transfer of the case from the former trial judge, Justice Joseph Oyewole.
Earlier on, Jose, in a ruling on Orie's bail application, permitted him to enjoy the bail granted to him by Oyewole in July 2004.
Moving Ajudua's bail application on Wednesday, his counsel, Charles Edosomwan said there was overwhelming medical evidence that Ajudua was ill with a “life-threatening ailment.”
He said his client was ready to face trial contrary to the claim being made by the EFCC that he absconded after he was granted bail on medical grounds in 2005.
According to him, all actions taken by Ajudua were not to evade trial but to “stay alive and battle the illness.”
- CAJ News