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Court Orders Orji Kalu’s Release From Jail

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The Federal High Court Lagos has ordered the release of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, from prison.

The court gave the order on Tuesday.

Mr. Kalu was jailed for 12 years in December after he was convicted of N7.1bn fraud alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and a former Director of Finance at the Abia State Government House, Jones Udeogu.

Justice Mohammed Limannof the federal high court in Lagos, had fixed June 2 to hear of a motion on notice filed by Kalu, seeking release from prison.

The former governor asked the court to order his release from Kuje Prison following the nullification of his conviction by the supreme court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) did not oppose the application.

The EFCC had arraigned Kalu and Udeogu on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion.

In December 2019, Kalu was sentence to 12 years imprisonment, while Udeogu bagged a 10-year sentence.

However the supreme court earlier this month nullified the trial of both men and Kalu’s firm, Slok.

The apex court held that Mohammed Idris, the trial judge who had been elevated to the court of appeal at the time of the case, should not have presided over the case since he was no longer a judge of the high court.

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