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Fraud kingpin Ajudua suffers bail setback

31 March 2014, 14:19

Lagos - The Lagos High Court has turned down the bail application by embattled fraud kingpin, Fred Ajudua.

He will remain in prison until April 28 after the court set the date for commencement of trial.

Lagos High Court Judge, Justice Kudirat Jose, held that the application lacked merit.

Jose said from the medical reports attached to the application, which were issued by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), it was evident that Ajudua was not healthy.

The judge said Ajudua was admitted at LUTH on August 3, 2013 and was treated for hypertension, traumatic haematuria and enlarged prostate gland which arose from having only one kidney.

She said doctors had also recommended further treatment and possible corrective surgery to address his failing health.

She however noted that the reports did not show that Ajudua could be treated while still in prison.

The judge added that Ajudua had not been able to convince the court that he would not abscond or interfere with witnesses if he was granted bail.

“The applicant (Ajudua) has not shown to the court why he was not able to come to his trial between 2006 and 2013. He did not respond to the allegation that he had tampered with a witness in the trial. Due to his absence, the matter has been stalled since 2006,”Jose said.

Ajudua and alleged accomplice, Charles Orie, are standing trial for allegedly defrauding two defrauding two Dutch businessmen of $1.69 million.

Ajudua is also facing trial in another court for allegedly defrauding former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, of about $8.395 million.

– CAJ News

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