Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu re arraigned on a 39-count bordering on fraud


Former Governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu, was on Tuesday re-arraigned at a Federal High Court in Lagos on an amended 39-count bordering on fraud.

Kalu, who is now a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency is prosecuting Kalu together with his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, and a company, Slok Nigeria Ltd., said to be owned by Kalu. The EFCC had on Oct. 31, 2016, preferred 34 count charges, including a N3.2 billion fraud charge.

In a short ruling on Tuesday, Justice Mohammed Idris (who has now been elevated to the court of appeal), while interpreting the provisions of Sections 216 and 217 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, held that the prosecution could amend the charge. Idris then adjourned the case until July 25 to hear addresses on the “no case’’ submissions.


Source: pm news