agency described the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the conviction of the
former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, as “unfortunate.”
supreme court is very disappointing,” the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission said in a series of tweets on Friday, adding that “it is a
legal provocation against the trial of the former governor.”
corruption allegations against Kalu still existed as the apex court had not
cleared him of them.
the EFCC will be conducted in a fresh court where justice is expected to be
done in due time,” said the EFCC.
Supreme Court reversed Kalu’s judgment that he had been found guilty of a
multi-billion naira graft case in December 2019.
as governor between 1999 and 2007, Kalu was accused of pillaging and
mismanagement of funds belonging to Abia State.
Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos sentenced Senator Kalu to 12
years in prison. Ude Udeogu, Kalu’s Director of Finance and Accounting, was
also sentenced to 10 years in jail.
lodged an appeal against the judgment of Idris in the Supreme Court.
the appeal lodged by Justice Ejembi Eko, the supreme court claimed that the
appellants’ conviction was null and void.
the decision was based on the basis that Idris was already a judge of the Court
of Appeal, as at the time of the judgment handed down by Kalu and Udeogu. He
held that a Justice of the Court of Appeal cannot operate as a judge of the
Federal High Court.
court ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the matter