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Orji Uzor Kalu Court gives EFCC go ahead to arraign ex-gov over N5.6bn fraud

The EFCC had alleged that Kalu was involved in money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N5.6 billion between 1999 and 2007.

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the go ahead to arraign former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, over allegations of misappropriation of N5.6 billion while he served as the state governor, Vanguard reports.

Kalu is is expected to appear in court on May 16, 2016.

The EFCC, in the charges filed against Kalu in 2008, alleged that he was involved in money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N5.6 billion between 1999 and 2007.

The ex-governor was first arraigned in 2007 but his trial was stalled over the years following court cases instituted by him, challenging the charges leveled against him by the EFCC.

READ: 'Don't expect Buhari to perform miracles,' Kalu says

The Supreme court on March 18 threw out Kalu's appeal against the EFCC charges. He is expected to enter a fresh plea to an amended 112-count charge on May 16.

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