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Orji Uzor Kalu’s trial for alleged theft of N5.6 billion Abia money stalled

By News Express on 16/05/2016

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The trial of a former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kanu, on charges bordering on corruption at the Federal High Court stalled on Monday.

Justice Anuli Chikere said she could not go on with the case when an aspect of the matter was still pending at the Supreme Court.

One of the parties charged in the case, Slok Airlines, which also belongs to Mr Kalu, has an appeal pending at the apex court.

She also adjourned the case because the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) just served the former governor an amended charge to replace the 107-count charge brought against him in 2007.

His trial is coming more than eight years after he was first arraigned for misappropriation of state’s funds.

The Supreme Court on March 18 gave EFCC a ‘go-ahead’ to prosecute the former Governor of Abia State.

The charge predicated on alleged complicity of the former Governor in money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds of about 5.6 billion Naira.

Mr Kalu was alleged to have perpetuated the fraud between 1999 and 2007 while he was the Governor of Abia State.

He had challenged the competence of the charge against him, as well as the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear and determine the case.

But the Supreme Court gave the EFCC a go-ahead to try him. (Channels TV)

•Photo shows Orji Uzor Kanu.

Source News Express

Posted 16/05/2016 4:03:39 PM

 

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