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N7.65bn Fraud: Court Rejects Orji Kalu’s Post-Conviction Bail

A file picture of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

 

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has refused to grant a former governor of Abia State, Uzor Orji Kalu, a post-conviction bail.

Justice Mohammed Liman, nonetheless, ordered that the previous governor be remanded in jail till his attraction has been heard.

Ruling on Mr Kalu’s software on Monday, the decide questioned the movement for bail was filed speedily when the attraction towards his conviction has not been heard.

The former governor had, by way of his counsel, filed an software for post-conviction bail pending his attraction towards his jail sentence based mostly on well being grounds which he mentioned the medical services within the jail couldn’t deal with.

He additionally knowledgeable the court docket of his function because the Chief Whip of the Senate that the pursuits of his constituents could be in jeopardy if he was stored behind bars.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) opposed the bail on grounds that bail was for accused individuals on the presumption of innocence.

The anti-corruption company argued that since Kalu had been convicted, he may now not get pleasure from such a privilege.

The court docket had on December 5 jailed Mr Kalu for 12 years after discovering him responsible of fraud to the tune of N7.56 billion.

The property of Slok Nigeria Limited, Kalu’s firm, had been additionally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, the previous governor’s aide and erstwhile Director of Finance within the Abia State House of Assembly was additionally sentenced in an amended 39-count, the EFCC had charged them with.

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