The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today, gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the permission to re-arraign former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu on May 16.
Kalu is currently facing a 107-count corruption charge, which borders on the alleged complicity of the former governor in money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds worth N5.6billion belonging to Abia state said to have been perpetuated while he was Governor of the state between 1999-2007. Read full details here.
According to Vanguard, trial Justice Anwuli Chikere has granted EFCC the leave to re-arraign the former governor after she was furnished with judgment of the Supreme Court, which on March 18, held that the defendant has a criminal case to answer.
The former governor will be arraigned alongside his firm Slok Nigeria Limited and his alleged accomplice Mr. Udeh Jones Udeogu.
The anti graft agency’s lawyer, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe applied for an adjournment shortly after the trial court reached its verdict, to enable the agency prepare for the re-arraignment.
Kalu’scouncel, Chief Awa Kalu (SAN) and Chief Solomon Akama (SAN), the lawyer representing Udeogo and Slok Nigeria Ltddid not oppose the request fro adjournment.
May 16 was then fixed for their arraignment.
It can be recalled that Kalu issued a statement last month where he stated that he had nothing to fear as there is “no skeleton in his cupboard”. Read his full statement here.
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