Senate leaders visit Orji Kalu after his release from prison


Senate President Ahmad Lawan has led a delegation to visit Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, after he was released from Kuje correctional facility.

Justice Mohammed Idris had sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment on December 5th, 2019, after he was found guilty of conspiring and diverting N7.65bn from the Abia State coffers, during his time as governor.

The two-time governor and two others were found guilty of the N7.65billion fraud, in an amended 39 counts which was filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

But after spending a few months behind bars, Counsel to Senator Kalu, Lateef Fagbemi filed an application urging the court to set aside his conviction, pursuant to Section 159 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

On his part, Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs, did not oppose the application.

He noted that the case had dragged for over 13 years and it was better for the trial to proceed immediately so that parties would not lose more time.

The EFCC counsel also asked the court to ensure that the order of the Supreme Court for trial to start afresh be complied with, so that all parties could come before the court for a fresh arraignment and trial of the defendants.

In a summary judgment, Justice Mohammed Liman held that Orji Kalu’s application seeking his freedom was meritorious, and ordered his release on June 2nd 2020.

Leading the solidarity visit to Kalu on Friday, Ahmed Lawan was accompanied by Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Chief Whip, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; and Deputy Whip, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.

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