EFCC to re-arraign Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu for N7.1bn fraud

February 2, 2021
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A former Governor of Abia State and Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, will be re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Senator Kalu, who was the Governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007, was earlier sentenced to a 12-year jail term by the Lagos High Court division after he was found guilty.

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He was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and a former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu, for allegedly diverting the sum of N7.1 billion from the state treasury to personal use.

The Supreme Court had in a unanimous judgment by a seven-man panel of the apex court, delivered in 2020,  nullified the entire proceedings that led to Kalu’s conviction, having noted that the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, was already elevated to the court of appeal, as at the time he delivered judgment in the trial.

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