Orji Kalu: EFCC ready to go back to court
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) says it is waiting on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the N7.1bn fraud case of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Abia State governor, soi that a fresh trial can commence.
Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) who is the prosecuting counsel to the EFCC that the anti-graft agency had already made an application to the Federal High Court Chief Judge to re-assign the case to a judge who will now handle it.
Recall that Kalu had previously been convicted of a N7.1bn fraud last December and subsequently sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.
The ruling which convicted and imprisoned Kalu to a sentence was overruled by the Supreme Court on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris was who gave the verdict, lacked jurisdiction to preside over the case as he had been elevated to the Court of Appeal and ceased to a judge of the Federal High Court as of when he delivered the judgment.
The Supreme Court has subsequently asked that the trial, be started all over again before another judge. The trial took 12 years to complete.
Consequently, Kalu, who had been in the prison custody since December last year when Justice Idris delivered the judgment, regained his freedom last week.