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You Cannot Retry Orji Kalu Over Alleged N7.1bn Fraud, Court Tells EFCC

The Federal High Court Abuja has barred the Federal Government from retrying the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, on the N7.1billion money laundering charge once brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, the court said the Supreme Court did not in the verdict it gave on May 8, 2020, order the retrial of either Kalu or his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited.

Justice Ekwo held that the Supreme Court only ordered the retrial of former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu, who was the appellant before it.

He therefore upheld a suit that Kalu filed to challenge the legal propriety of his planned re-arraignment by the EFCC.

In the application filed through his lawyers, led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Awa Kalu, the former governor argued that allowing the EFCC to try him afresh on the charge and same facts upon which he was earlier convicted and sentenced on December 5, 2019, would occasion him to suffer a “double jeopardy”.

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