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Court finally remands Fred Ajudua in prison over $1m fraud committed 25 years ago

Court finally remands Fred Ajudua in prison over $1m fraud committed 25 years ago

- Fred Chinjindu Ajudua, a notorious fraudster, has been remanded in prison by a Lagos special offences court

- Among the charges filed against Ajudua by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was the fraud allegation in which he stole $1m from a German-based company 25 years ago

- It was revealed in court by the EFCC that the fraud was committed in 1993

A special offences court in Lagos presided by Justice Mojisola Dada on Monday, June 5, remanded a lawyer and businessman, Fred Chinjindu Ajudua, in prison for allegedly defrauding a Germany-based company of one million dollars 25 years ago.

The notorious fraudster, Ajudua, was remanded in prison following his not guilty plea to a 12-count amended charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, issuing forged document and forgery. The charges were filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), New Telegraph reports.

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Ajudua was previously charged before Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja high court before the case was re-filed by the EFCC before the Special Offences Court.

Victim of the fraud and German national, Ziad Abu Zalaf, arrived the country to give evidence in the criminal prosecution of Ajudua on the alleged crime.

The counsel to the anti-graft agency, Seidu Atteh, said Ajudua committed the offences between April and May 1993.

Atteh claimed that Ajudua conspired with Joseph Ochunor, who is still being sought, to obtain money by false pretences from Ziad Abu Zalaf of Technical International Ltd., a division of Mystic Company Ltd., a German-based company.

Besides, the EFCC lawyer said with intent to defraud the company, Ajudua and Ochunor allegedly obtained $268,000 on April 2, 1993, from Zalaf and $225,000 on May 12, 1993.

Moreover, the accused had on June 21, 1993, fraudulently obtained $550,000 from Zalaf. Atteh, however, said Ajudua and Ochunor allegedly forged a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) receipt and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and tendered it to the foreigner as genuine.

He said: “In order to facilitate the scam, on April 7, 1993, the duo knowingly and fraudulently altered and forged CBN official receipt No. 128. On May 12, 1993, they issued and forged a receipt with No. 138 purportedly issued by the CBN.

“On May 12, 1993, the men forged a Contract Completion Certificate purported to have been issued by the NNPC, Falomo, Lagos to Mystic Limited of 1, Church Street, Douglas, Isle of Man.

“The forged certificate was to show that the NNPC had completed contract number NNPC/EED/8024/79.”

Ajudua’s lawyer, Norrison Quakers, asked the court for his bail in an application dated June 1.

Quakers said: “The defendant has been granted bail in a sister case before Justice Oyefeso and he has not had any cause not to appear before her except for once when he had fly abroad due to a medical emergency.

“We apply that the same bail condition be accepted and the trial starts today.” But Atteh opposed the application and demanded that Ajudua’s bail be revoked.

“The defendant has not been adhering to the bail conditions granted to him by Justice Oyefeso. We have an application for the revocation of his bail for his failure to appear in court on March 23.

“We did an investigation to see if he was actually abroad or in the country and from the resulting the investigation, we demand that his bail be revoked. The witness is here. He is not fluent in the English Language. He flew in from Germany this morning.

“We, however, would have to request that this case be adjourned until tomorrow because we have made arrangements with the German Embassy to provide an interpreter.”

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Following Atteh’s submission, Justice Dada said: "The case is adjourned until June 5 for trial. The defendant is hereby remanded in prison custody pending the consideration of the bail application.”

Meanwhile, reported that a talented Nigerian musician Olamide had taken to social media to call out the EFCC over the arrest of 12 yahoo boys in Ikoyi area of Lagos on Friday, May 11. earlier reported that EFCC officials made the arrest at the early hours of Friday morning. They arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters at club 57, Awolowo Way in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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