$1.69m Fraud: Court Finally Frees Ajudua

After being in and out of court for 11 years, Lagos socialite, Freed Ajudua was on Wednesday finally left off the hook after a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja acquitted him of an alleged $1.69m fraud allegation leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

[caption id="attachment_2187" align="alignnone" width="320"]An elated Fred Ajudua (C) steps out of the court after he was acquitted An elated Fred Ajudua (C) steps out of the court after he was acquitted[/caption]

The Ibusa, Delta State-born socialite had been standing trial with one, Charles Orie for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen of the said amount.

While the case came up today before Justice Kudirat Ajose , the EFCC failed to produce any of the foreign witnesses citing the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease as the reason.

The EFCC had alleged that the defendants deceived the victims by claiming that the money was for sundry payments to various government officials.

The EFCC further alleged that the defendants claimed that the payments would help them secure a contract worth 18 million dollars on behalf of the complainants. Following the submission of EFCC Justice Ajose subsequently ordered that Ajudua be discharged of the charges.

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