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Date set for Ajudua's bail ruling

20 March 2014, 17:59

Lagos - An keja High Court will at the end of the month rule on the bail application filed by alleged fraud kingpin, Fred Ajudua, who is standing trial for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking the prosecution of Ajudua and one Charles Orie for allegedly defrauding the businessmen, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen, of US$1.69 million.

Justice Kudirat Jose adjourned the matter to March 31 for ruling.

Addressing the court on Thursday, the EFCC counsel said the prosecution had filed a 16-paragraph counter affidavit in opposition to Ajudua's bail application.

The prosecution is arguing there is a likelihood that the first defendant, Ajudua, would skip bail and interfere with the witnesses.

Ajudua's counsel, Charles Edosomwan argued there was no proof before the court that his client had interfered with any witness.

Edosomwan said there was overwhelming medical evidence that Ajudua was suffering from a “life threatening” ailment which needed proper treatment.

He said Ajudua was ready to face trial contrary to the claims made by the EFCC that he previously absconded after he was granted bail on medical grounds.

My Lord, find it in your kind heart to grant the defendant bail,” Edosomwan pleaded.

– CAJ News


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