Suspected 419 kingpin, Fred “Owa Ibusa” Ajudua will know his fate on Tuesday as he seeks to quash the charges leveled against him at a Lagos High Court. Justice Oyewole of a Lagos High Court has fixed ruling on Ajudua’s application to have the charges against him quashed for Tuesday and has also hinted that ruling for his bail application might also come up.
Fried Ajudua, a lawyer, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for swindling two Dutch nationals, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen of about $ 1.7 million.
Ajudua had approached the court on Monday to ask that the charges against him be quashed. His request was based on the grounds that Remy Cina, one of his alleged victims has announced his intention to discontinue with the case.
Ajudua appeared before Justice Olubunmi Oyewole on June 11 and was remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison after the day’s hearing.
It will be recalled that the case began in 2003 when he was arraigned by the EFCC and it was alleged that he impersonated Isa Audu, the then Auditor General of the Federation and met with Cina in London on three different occasions. As the case went on, Ajudua was granted bail on health grounds in 2005 to enable him treat a kidney-related ailment in India. After several adjournments, his bail was revoked, though his lawyer insisted he was still receiving treatment in India. And for 8 years, neither the police nor the EFCC could effect the suspect’s arrest.