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Court sentences Orji Kalu to 12 years in jail

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, to twelve years’ imprisonment.

This was after the court found Orji Kalu, and two others guilty of seven point six billion naira fraud.

Mr. Kalu’s co-defendants are his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Mr. Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.

In an amended thirty-nine counts, the EFCC accused them of conspiring and diverting seven point six billion naira from the coffers of the state.

In one of the counts, the EFCC alleged that Mr. Kalu, who was Abia State Governor between 1999 and 2007, procured Slok Nigeria Limited – a company solely owned by him and members of his family – to retain its account, domiciled with the then Inland Bank Plc, Apapa branch, Lagos, an aggregate sum of over seven billion naira.

The prosecutor said they breached Section 427 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all counts.

During the trial, the prosecution called nineteen witnesses while the defendants testified on behalf of themselves.

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