Court Sentenced Ex-Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu to 12 Years Imprisonment Over N7.6bn Fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has found former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu and 2 others guilty of N7.6bn fraud. The court then sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment.

The court also ordered the winding up of Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged as the third defendant in the case.

Hon. Justice Mohammed Idris led Federal High Court delivered this judgement today, December 5, 2019.

Justice Idris found him and his co-defendants guilty of the whole 39 counts EFCC filed against them.

Also charged along with Kalu and his firm is a former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Ude Udeogo.

The agency had on October 31, 2016, slammed a 34-count charge against the defendants. It later increased the charges to 39 counts.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts and were granted bail.

Following the accelerated hearing of the suit, Justice Idris concluded the trial in August this year. He formerly slated Monday this week for the final verdict but he later adjourned it to today.

As at the time of publishing this report, Kalu who is a sitting Senator has not reacted on the court verdict.

These are pictures taken after the court procedures

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