Delta - Youth in Ibua in the Delta State alleged a ploy by government to kill their kinsman, Fred Ajudua, the alleged fraud kingpin.
The Youths under the auspices of Ibusa Youth for Progress, said that the refusal by the court to grant Ajudua bail despite his worsening health condition, was part of a scheme by some powerful persons in government to make sure he died in prison custody.
Publicity Secretary of the association, Ifeanyi Okeleke, threatened that if Ajudua who is suffering from severe kidney ailment died in prison, those who are orchestrating his continued incarceration would be “made to pay.”
"Anyone who has seen Ajudua is the last few days can tell that he is seriously ill. He has become pale as his ailment gets worse by the day. Do they want him to die?” he queried.
Okeleke said his association was not opposed to a fair trial of Ajudua but that he should granted bail to attend to his health problems.
“We are not opposed to fair trail of our kinsman. There is allegation against him and he should defend himself. What we are against is the refusal by the court to grant him bail even when it is obvious that he is dying. We are aware that some big politicians are behind this. Our warning is that we will not take it lightly with them if Ajudua dies in prison,” he said.
The association spokesperson also condemned the recent adjournment granted by the court to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to bring their witnesses from abroad.
Ajudua is standing trial for allegedly defrauding two Dutch nationals of $1.69 million.
The High Court, presided over by Justice Kudirat Jose, had last month adjourned Ajudua’s trial until May 23 to allow the EFCC bring foreign witnesses to Lagos.
Okeleke however faulted the adjournment saying that it was just another ploy to further keep Ajudua in prison.
The EFCC had alleged that Ajudua conspired with three men, Abiola Fawehinmi, Steven Joiner and Rasheed Adekunle, now at large, to commit the offences between 1999 and 2000.
– CAJ News
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