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Orji Uzo Kalu asks court to stop the EFCC from prosecuting him on the same offence he was convicted for

Former Governor Orji Uzo Kalu of Abia State on Tuesday, asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from prosecuting him on the same offence of allegedly laundering N7.1billion during his time as Governor of Abia State between 1999 to 2007.

According to Kalu who is currently the Senate Chief Whip, having been tried once by the EFCC, convicted and sentenced for the same charges, it would amount to double jeopardy for him to be subjected to a fresh trial on same charges.

The Senate Chief Whip in an ex-parte motion before Justice Inyang Ekwo, through his counsel, Prof. Awa Kalu(SAN), pleaded with the court to rescue him from double jeopardy.

Senator Kalu asked the court to stop the Federal Government through the EFCC and any other person or bodies from retrying him in the same case he was convicted for.

He further applied for an order prohibiting the EFCC and other agencies of government from retrying, harassing and intimidating him with respect to the charge with Ref. No. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007 between FRN Vs Orji Kalu and two others or any other charge based on same facts as he need not suffer double jeopardy.

Meanwhile, the EFCC applied for his trial be transferred from Abuja to Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

The EFCC counsel, Chile Okoroma, told Jusitce Ekwo that the anti-graft agency had written two letters to the Chief Jude of the Federal High Court requesting for the transfer of his case to the Lagos Division in compliance with a Supreme Court judgment.

The anti-graft further said that prosecuting Kalu in Abuja would amount to an exercise in futility and disobedience to Supreme Court order.

Justice Ekwo in his decision fixed June 7, 2021 for the report of Chief Judge on the transfer request.

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