A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, and two others closed their case on Thursday in a trial that has lasted 12 years.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had put Kalu on trial for an alleged N7.65bn fraud.
Justice Mohammed Idris, sitting at the Federal High Court in Lagos, directed the prosecution and the defence to file their final written addresses.
The Judge arrived at the decision after the former Governor and others put to rest their 12-year-old trial.
The court adjourned until October 22, 2019, for the adoption of the written addresses and to take final arguments in the case.
Kalu is standing trial alongside his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogu, and a company, Slok Nigeria Limited, on an amended 39-count charge bordering on money laundering.
Kalu allegedly committed the offence between August 2001 and October 2005.
Th EFCC had on May 11, 2018, through its counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, closed its cases after calling 19 witnesses.
Rather than open his defence, Kalu filed a no-case submission, which was afterwards dismissed by the trial court on July 31, 2018.
Dissatisfied with the decision, Kalu approached the Court of Appeal, to upturn the ruling of Justice Idris.
However, on April 24, 2019, the appellate court in a lead judgement by Justice M.L. Garba, upheld the decision of the lower court.
The Court of Appeal also dismissed appeals filed by Kalu’s co-defendants challenging the jurisdiction of the court to further hear the case, following the elevation of Justice Idris to the Court of Appeal.
The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, thereafter, issued a fresh fiat to Justice Idris to conclude the case.