The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today arraign former Governor Orji Uzo Kalu of Abia State over alleged diversion of state funds.
Kalu was on December 5, 2019, convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Lagos on a 39-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N7.6billion.
The crimes allegedly happened during his time as Governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007.
The former governor and his co-defendants, Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance of the Abia State Government House, and Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Ltd, had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Lagos to conduct the trial after the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal, returned to conclude the proceedings.
Consequently, the Supreme Court in May 2020, nullified the judgement of Justice Idris and declared as unconstitutional the provision of Section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, on which the judge relied on to return to the Court of Appeal to conclude the trial.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.