Federal Govt. Reopens Fraud Case Against Former Abia Gov. Kalu

Federal Government, through the office the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has reopened the trial of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
The former Governor, who is standing trial on a 107-count charge of money laundering, official corruption and criminal diversion of public funds in excess of N5 billion, is expected to defend himself in a case that has dragged on for almost 10 years now.
The office of AGF, it was learnt, had earlier written to the Federal High Court, Abuja, to get a fresh hearing date on the case which started in 2007.
Thus, the court listed the case for mention on Wednesday, February 17.
However, when the case was called on Wednesday, the prosecution was represented by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), while the defence was not represented in court.
Kalu ordeal started immediately he left office in 2007 after serving out two tenure as executive Governor of Abia State.
He was first arraigned by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on July 27, 2007.
He approached the Court of Appeal, after a Federal High Court that had declared that he has a case to answer.
Also, Court of Appeal dismissed his application for lack of merit and gave the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the go ahead to prosecute him.
However, Kalu was to appeal that decision at the Supreme Court.
With the reopening of the case Wednesday, a former trial would begin.

Author: News Editor

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