Orji Kalu: We’re ready for immediate re- trial, says EFCC

Orji Kalu: We’re ready for immediate re- trial, says EFCC

Friday, May 8, 2020 1:34 pm

Orji Uzor Kalu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC, said it is prepared for re-trial of former governor of Abia State,  Orji Kalu ,  his firm,  Slok Nigeria Limited and Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account of Abia State Government as directed by the Supreme Court on Friday.

The anti- graft agency said this in a statement by Dele Oyewale, its head of media and publicity, while reacting to the judgment of the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the trial and sentencing of Kalu and Udeogu to 12 and 10 years jail terms respectively over N7.6 billion fraud early in the day.

Justices of the apex court had in the unanimous verdict said Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others, had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and therefore out of jurisdiction when he delivered the judgment.

“The EFCC considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate. It is a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.

“The Commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate  trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming.

“The corruption  charges against Kalu still subsist because the  Supreme Court did not acquit him of them.

“The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.”

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  • NDIBE Madu says:

    It appears the Supreme Court misinterpreted section 394 (7) of ACJA 2015. The EFCC Counsel is driving dangerously as he should have seen t his coming. When the Judge has been elevated to another court that was when he should have raised objections in allowing him to continue with the trial and subsequent sentencing.

    The whole exercise is increasingly looking as if the EFCC is using a sledge hammer to crack a nut. The man should be let alone to live his life. It is a fiscal loss to Abians. After all the Abia North Constituency voted him as their senator which means they have resolved to let by gone be by gone.

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