Orji Uzor Kalu Ex-governor's alleged corruption trial reopened

The ex-governor is facing a 107-count charge of money laundering, official corruption and criminal diversion of public funds in excess of N5 billion.

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The corruption trial of the former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, was today, February 17, reopened by the Federal Government, The Nation reports.

The ex-governor is facing a 107-count charge of money laundering, official corruption and criminal diversion of public funds in excess of N5 billion.

According to report, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) had earlier written a letter to the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking a fresh hearing date on the case that started in 2007.

The court responded by listing the case for mention on Wednesday.

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At the reopening today, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) represented the prosecution in court, while the defence had no representation.

Kalu was first arraigned by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on July 27, 2007.

The appeal court had dismissed his application, seeking it to set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court that he had a case to answer

The appellate court said the appeal lacked merit and gave the EFCC the go ahead prosecute Kalu, the verdict which he later appealed at the Supreme Court.

 

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