Lagos High Court, Ikeja on Tuesday ordered that the alleged fraudster, Mr. Fred Ajudua, be remanded in prison.
Justice Joseph Oyewole gave the order when Ajudua made his first appearance in court after he avoided trial for eight years.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in 2003 arraigned Ajudua and his co-accused, Charles Hijiudu, for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen – Mr. Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen – of about $1.69m between July 1999 and September 2000.
The matter, which had proceeded to trial, had been stalled after he stopped attending court up till December 2005, when the court revoked the bail earlier granted him.
The judge said in a ruling on Tuesday, “The first defendant ceased to be on bail since December 15, 2005 when his bail was revoked.
“The case has been held up as the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria have been unable to execute the warrant of arrest issued on January 24, 2005.
“The first defendant is hereby ordered to be remanded in prison.
“The Superintendent of Prison shall ensure that the accused is given unrestricted access medical treatment including being taken to LUTH as an out patient when occasions demand.”
Culled from The Punch.