UPDATED: Orji Kalu bags 12 years jail term for N7.6bn fraud


A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday sentenced  Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State to 12 years in prison for N7.65bn fraud.

Kalu has been facing trial for over a decade after he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting huge sums of money from the state coffers during his tenure as Abia State governor.

Also charged along with Kalu are his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House when Kalu was governor.

The court on Thursday found him and his co-defendants guilty of the entire 39 count charges brought against them.

Justice Mohammed Idris sentenced Kalu to 12 years’ imprisonment while he ordered the winding up of Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited.

Kalu is currently a senator representing Abia-North Senatorial District.

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