A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from retrying Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia State, and his company, SLOK Nig Ltd.
The presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Wednesday ruled that there was no order of the Supreme Court that authorized their retrial.
Recall that the court had on July 2 fixed a date to rule on a suit seeking to restrain the anti-graft agency from retrying the lawmaker.
Justice Ekwo, however, ordered the matter to be adjourned following argument from counsels to both parties.
Kalu, who has been standing trial over alleged fraud since 2007, was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprison.
After spending nearly five months in prison, the Nigerian apex (Supreme Court) court ruled that the judge that sentenced him had no power to issue the order.Consequently, the Supreme Court set aside the conviction, and reassigned the case to Justice Inyang Ekwo, who is the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
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