Few hours after the Supreme Court of Nigeria passed a judgement, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is said to be set for the immediate retrial of Orji Uzor Kalu, the Abia former state governor and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment.

The EFCC said its attention had been drawn to the judgment of the Supreme Court nullifying the trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Accountant of Abia State Government and ordering their fresh trial at the lower court.

Remember Orji Uzor Kalu was convicted by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for N7.65 billion fraud. He was convicted for defrauding the government of Abia State when he was a governor for 8 years using his company, Slok Nigeria Limited.

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 EFCC’s Dele Oyewale  who is the Head, Media & Publicity of the anti graft agency said it will release full statement on this issue later for the public to be abreast with the happenings with regards to this case.

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