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Youth outrage at Ajudua's protracted fraud trial

02 April 2014, 16:12

Lagos - Ibusa Youths for Progress, a socio cultural group, reacted angrily after one of its benefactors, alleged fraud kingpin, Fred Ajudua, spent more than ten years on trial for crimes the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred against him.

He has stood trail since 2003 and was earlier this week denied bail.

In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Ifeanyi Okeleke, the group, reacting to a recent ruling of the court which denied Ajudua bail despite his health predicament, condemned EFCC for alleged double standards and misleading Nigerians to believe that the likes of Ajudua were bringing shame to the country.

According to the group, if people like former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, who is standing trial for an alleged embezzlement of public fund is presently walking freely and won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for reelection, Joshua Dariye and Dipreye Alamieyeseigha, who while serving looted the treasury and are wanted for various offences of fraud outside Nigeria still enjoys government patronage, asked why Ajudua, who has never held any public position, be an exception.

The group stated that it was a shame for the commission to want to use their “son” as scapegoat which will not achieve any purpose but to make them look like "jokers" to the international communities.

The group also wondered why the court was harsh on Ajudua despite the fact that he was willing to face his trial.

According to the statement, when Ajudua was said to have jumped bail, he was taking care of his kidneys which is almost failing completely.

“It would be a shame to the Judiciary and right thinking Nigerians if Ajudua dies in custody,” the group stated.

– CAJ News

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