Court Suspends Re-trial of Orji Uzor Kalu’s $ 7.1 Billion Fraud Case
An Abuja court order has temporarily suspended the retrial of the former governor of Abia state, accused of embezzling $ 7.1 billion from the state.
On Monday, February 8, the Abuja Federal High Court ruled to stay on the $ 7.1 billion fraud case.
Kalu is the leader of the Senate whip. He is tried by the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes.
As a reminder, after the former governor was sentenced to 12 years in prison in December 2019, the Supreme Court overturned the trial on May 8, 2020 and ordered a retrial after the former governor’s co-defendant / former director of finance and accounts in Abii In 2007, Ude Jones Udeogu, who was also sentenced in this case to 10 years in prison, filed an appeal.
In an ex parte statement, Kalu requested that he be exempted from the Supreme Court’s order to reopen the case as “special for his co-accused.”
The head of the whip, who stressed that it would be a double risk if he was tried again on the same charge, called for “an order banning the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the EFCC of its officials, servants, others, agents, individuals.” natural and legal persons originating from the authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as a result of a repeated attempt on charge No. FHC / ABJ / CR / 56/2007 between FRN v. Orji Kalu and 2 ors, or on any other charge based on the same facts de novo. “
Judge Inyang Ekwo, who presided over the case on Monday, allowed Orji Uzor Kalu to continue considering his motion, seeking a termination of his retrial, and ordered that the proceedings be suspended until the motion was accepted.