The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is ready to commence the trial of former Governor Orji Kalu immediately.
The EFCC said this in a statement by its Spokesman, Dele Oyewale, on Friday, while reacting to a judgment by the Supreme Court that nullified the trial and resultant conviction of the former Abia governor.
Mr. Kalu, alongside two others, had been convicted in December 2019 and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for corruption.
The statement read partly read, “The apex court based its verdict on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and returned to the lower court to deliver the judgment which it considered as illegal.
“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.”
The apex court had earlier on Friday ordered a fresh trial, holding that the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, was not competent to hear Kanu’s case, following his elevation to the Court of Appeal.