President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has directed Justice Muhammed Idris to continue hearing the N7.6 billion fraud case against Orji Uzor Kalu, a senator representing Abia North senatorial district.
According to Justice Bulkachuwa, the case will resume at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Monday, July 22.
Justice Idris was elevated from the Federal High Court to the Court of Appeal in June 2018. But he continued to hear the case after the President of the Court of Appeal initially granted a fiat for him to do so.
The fiat was granted at the instance of Kalu’s Lawyer, Professor Awa Kalu (SAN) who activated Section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, in order to prevent the case from being transferred to another judge to start afresh.
That fiat however expired in November 2018, necessitating a fresh fiat by the appeal court Justice.
A copy of a Fresh Fiat has however stated that the trial will now commence on the 22nd of July and will continue from day to day until the trial is concluded.
Kalu is standing trial alongside his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, and a company, Slok Nigeria Limited, on an amended 39 count of money laundering to the tune of N7.6billion.