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EFCC Seeks Transfer Of Orji Kalu As Court Keeps Adjourning His Arraignment

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By Tomstar | self meida writer
Published 25 days ago - 40 views

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed the arraignment of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, charged for supposed N7.1 billion misrepresentation, until June 7. 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was to summon Kalu, following a Supreme Court request that he and his co-litigants in the misrepresentation charge be retried, having subdued the 12-year prison sentence gave to them by a Federal High Court in Lagos. 

At the point when the issue was called, direction to the EFCC, Mr Chile Okoronma, told the Court that there was a fundamental issue that should have been settled before the previous Abia lead representative could be charged. 

As indicated by Okoronma, the arraignment has composed a letter to the Chief Judge of the Court looking for an exchange of the issue to the Lagos division of the Court.

no component of any of the offenses occurred in Abuja. 

"We will ask that the issue be suspended "sine bite the dust" (uncertainly) while we anticipate the reaction from the central adjudicator," 

Okoronma submitted. 

He held that procedure with the issue in the Abuja division of the Court would be a pointless activity. 


The preliminary adjudicator, Justice Inyang Ekwo, notwithstanding, wouldn't suspend the issue uncertainly and demanded that guidance should take a particular date to re-visitation of Court. 


He consequently suspended the issue until June 7 for a report on if it ought to be moved to Lagos. 

"Having dismissed an application for an intermission sine bite the dust, I therefore make a request deferring this issue until June 7," 

The adjudicator dominated. 

Review that Kalu was sentenced by the Lagos division of the Court on Dec. 5, 2019, and condemned to 12 years in jail for N7. 65 billion misrepresentation. 

He was indicted for duping the public authority of Abia where he was a lead representative for a very long time utilizing his organization, Slok Nigeria Limited. 

In any case, the Supreme Court, in its judgment on May 8, 2020, subdued the conviction and requested that the respondents be retried by the EFCC. 

In a consistent choice by a seven-man board of judges, the Supreme Court invalidated the whole procedures that prompted Kalu's conviction. 

The pinnacle court held that the preliminary appointed authority, Justice Mohammed Idris, was at that point raised to the Court of Appeal, as at the time he sat and conveyed a judgment against Kalu and his co-litigants. 

It noticed that Justice Idris was not, at this point an adjudicator of the Federal High Court as at Dec. 5, 2019, when the previous lead representative and different respondents were seen as liable of the charges against them.

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