PreviousNext

Fraudster Fred Ajudua seeks bail again

// Latest Addition | Fraudster Fred Ajudua seeks bail again
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
Fred Ajudua

The accused is currently detained at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons.

For the fourth time in a decade, alleged serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua, has approached a Lagos High Court seeking bail from detention at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons.

On Wednesday, Mr. Ajudua, 52, filed a fresh bail application before Ganiyu Safari, a vacation judge, seeking for his release from prison custody.

The accused and Charles Orie are accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of duping Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen, two Dutch businessmen, of US$1.69 million (N270 million).

Olalekan Ojo, Mr. Ajudua’s lawyer, premised the grounds of the application for bail on “fresh facts” emanating from the accused ill health.

Despite his plea that he was living on just one kidney, Olubunmi Oyewole, the trial judge, denied Mr. Ajudua bail last June due to what he described as Mr. Ajudua’s penchant to jump bail.

But Mr. Ojo said, on Wednesday, that the condition of his client had deteriorated since the trial judge’s ruling.

Three weeks ago, Mr. Ajudua was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital after a kidney malfunction that resulted to him passing out blood through his manhood; his lawyer had told PREMIUM TIMES.

EFCC OPPOSES

Wemimo Ogunde, counsel to the EFCC, insisted that Mr. Ajudua did not deserve a fresh bail.

Mr. Ajudua was first arraigned in 2003, and was granted bail two years later to seek medical attention in India over his kidney-related ailment.

The accused absconded for several years forcing the judge to revoke his bail and declare him wanted.

Mr. Ajudua reappeared to continue his trial earlier this year.

According to Mr. Ogunde, there is a huge chance that Mr. Ajudua would abscond again if granted bail “as he ran away from trial for seven years.”

“We have taken his condition into consideration. That was why we did not oppose the bail in 2005 when we saw that he needed to treat himself,” said Mr. Ogunde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

“He escaped for seven years. People were even accusing me that I was compromised and that was why I did not oppose the bail.

“The defendant had enjoyed liberal terms in the past. If he is granted fresh bail, who knows if it is going to take another seven years to return?”

“This is not a vindictive opposition; it is an opposition that we must make as responsible prosecution. We owe it to the state that the defendant is properly prosecuted,” Mr. Ogunde added.

In his response, Mr. Ojo stated that the judge was not bound by the decision of the trial judge.

“The law allows a fresh application for bail pending trial to be filed by an accused applicant where there are changed circumstances different from the circumstances that were in existence as of the time the initial or previous application for bail was refused,” said Mr. Ojo.

“I urge the court to grant my client’s (bail) application, even in more stringent terms, to enable him treat himself more promptly and adequately than the prison would do,” he added.

Mr. Safari adjourned till September 10 for ruling on the application for bail.

Tagged : Kirikiri Prisons, Trending, Fred Ajudua

Headlines Newsview all

Kaduna Turns Bloody: 6 Dead, Governor El Rufai Stoned

Fight over a woman between two neighboring communities of Badarawa Kwaru and Unguwar Yero in Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State has turned ... Full story

Exclusive: Balarabe Spits Fire, Says Buhari Is Weak And Incompetent

– Balarabe Musa said the atrocities being committed by suspected Fulani herdsmen across the country was because of the weakness of the government – President Buhari ... Full story

Read Shocking Explanation By Umer On How He Was Cleared Of Bribery By Attorney General

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice Danladi Umar, has explained that contrary to the claim by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola ... Full story

20 Political Parties Want Saraki To Face Trial

No fewer than 20 registered opposition political parties in the country have called on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to come clean on the issue ... Full story

Buhari Condemns Attack By Fulani Herdsmen On Enugu Community And Orders Security Chiefs To Hunt Down Perpetrators

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security chiefs to hunt down those who perpetrated the attack on Ukpabu Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State ...

EFCC Apprehend Bank MD For Allegedly Helping Diezani Allison-Madueke Launder $115 Million Cash

Managing Director of a leading Nigerian commercial bank has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly helping former Petroleum Minister, ...

Breaking News: Army Arrest Major Boko Haram Suppliers

– Some Boko Haram logistics elements have been arrested by the army – The arrest was made  by troops of the 22 brigade on patrol through ... Full story

World Bank Seek More Time To Give Details On Spending Of Abacha’s Loot

The World Bank has asked for time to provide a detailed response to a request by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) for information ...

Buhari Tells Government Officials: No More Funding For Medical Trips Abroad

The Federal Government said it has stopped providing resources to government officials to travel abroad for medical attention on cases that could be handled in ... Full story

EFCC Working With FBI And NCA To Transfer Obanikoro And Muazu To Nigeria

Nigeria's ex Defense Minister Musiliu Obanikoro and ex PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu'azu are to be extradited back to Nigeria to answer some tough questions ...

2016 Budget: Buhari And National Assembly Leaders Resolve Grey Areas

President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday night rose from a 10-minute meeting, saying all grey areas ...

Comment on: Fraudster Fred Ajudua seeks bail again

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Ideye Returns To Super Eagles

Brown Ideye is making a return to the Nigerian national team after he earned a call from the Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf on Wednesday. The ... Full story

Zidane Hopeful On Ronaldo

Zinedine Zidane is hopeful both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will be fit for Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Manchester ... Full story

Ex Eagles Keepers Hail Fantastic Enyeama

Former Nigeria goalkeepers Dosu Joseph and Joe Erico have hailed Lille shot stopper Vincent Enyeama after he was named among the top 10 goalkeepers in ... Full story

Tiwa Savage's Husband Nearly Committed Suicide In An Attempt To Jump Off Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge This Morning

Tiwa Savage's husband Tunji 'Teebillz' Balogun nearly killed himself as he tried to commit suicide after revealing shocking details about his cheating wife and broken ... Full story

Amber Rose Flaunts Wicked Curves And Massive Boobs On Instagram

Smoking hot! Cigarette-chomping Amber Rose puts on a busty display as she flaunts her wicked curves in sexy Instagram shoot.  32-year-old bald-headed s*xy model, Amber Rose ... Full story

Toolz Oniru In Nasty Drama With Fans After Revealing She Is Bleaching (Photos)

Newly married Nigerian OAP, Toolz Oniru who is famed for her massive hips and backside has been viciously criticized on social media by fans over ... Full story

Lagos Ports Busy As Imports Tumble

Activities at the Lagos ports have gradually come to a grinding halt as the foreign exchange restrictions announced last year by the Federal Government takes ... Full story

Teebillz Reveals Tiwa Savage Secret On Instagram: Tiwa Savage Slept With 2face, Don Jazzy And Others

Crisis may have set in the marriage of Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, threatening to destroy the relationship that has already produced a child. This is just ... Full story

Read Ghanaian Actress Tracy Boakye Shocking Reasons Why They Go Naked In Movies

Popular Ghanaian actress, Tracy Boakye, has highlighted reasons why women, especially actresses expose their bodies. The busty movie producer, known for her role in ‘Oh Vera’, ... Full story

Ghanaian Singer Obiba Sly Collins Confess How He Slept With 150 Nigerian Ladies

Obiba Renowned Ghanaian music star, Obiba Sly Collins said he had slept with over 150 Nigerian ladies. The singer who is based in Nigeria, disclosed that ... Full story