An Abuja Division of the Federal Excessive court docket has adjourned the trial of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Governor of Abia state to March 10, 2022.

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee in its movement on discover argued that the Abuja division lacked the jurisdiction to listen to the matter. They requested the Court docket to switch the case to its Lagos division.

Kalu is being prosecuted alongside his agency, Slok Nigeria Restricted and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu for fraud to the tune of about N7.1billion.

What occurred in court docket

On the resumed listening to on Tuesday, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) informed the court docket that his movement searching for the switch of the case has been served to all candidates.

Prince Uche (SAN) lawyer to Kalu’s Firm informed the court docket that he had a pending software earlier than the court docket.

The decide gave the defendants 30 days to answer EFCC’s software searching for switch of the case. He then adjourned the matter until March 10.

Events are directed to file their reply earlier than the date of listening to,” Justice Iyang stated.

Backstory

  • Mr Kalu who served as Abia State Governor from Could 29, 1999, to Could 29 2007 was first arraigned in 2007 alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Restricted and Udeh Udeogu, his Director of Finance and Accounts on the Abia State Authorities Home over an amended 39-count  cost for conspiring and diverting the sum of  N7.65bn from the coffers of the state between 1999 and 2007 throughout his tenure as Governor.
  • He was convicted in December 2019 and sentenced to 12 years in jail. The presiding decide held that the corporate be wound up and all property forfeited to the Federal Authorities.
  • After spending just a few months at Kuje jail, The Supreme Court docket On Could 8, 2020, nullified the proceedings that led to his conviction on technical grounds that the decide that convicted him was now not a decide of the federal excessive court docket on the time he delivered the judgement.
  • The decide had been elevated to the attraction court docket on the time he made the judgement. Therefore lacked the jurisdiction to take action.
  • Justice Idris Mohammed nullified the conviction by the Federal Excessive Court docket, Lagos on technical grounds. The Apex Court docket held that the trial decide was now not a Decide of the Federal Excessive Court docket on the time he delivered the judgment, having been elevated to the Enchantment Court docket.
  • The Supreme Court docket ordered that the matter be reassigned to the Federal excessive court docket. Based mostly on the ruling of the apex court docket, Mr Kalu was launched from jail.
  • Following his launch,  He rapidly filed an software stopping his retrial by the EFCC which was granted by Justice Inyang on the idea that the apex court docket didn’t order a retrial in its ruling.

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