Alleged N7.6bn fraud: Kalu denies jumping bail, says he is away for surgery

Alleged N7.6bn fraud: Kalu denies jumping bail, says he is away for surgery

- Ex-governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has said he did not jump bail as claimed by the counsel to the EFCC

- Kalu is facing N7.6bn fraud and was absent in court on Monday, September 10

- He says he did not appear in court because he is away in Germany for medical reason

A former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who is facing N7.6bn fraud charges, has reacted to the claim by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor that he has jumped bail and absconded.

Punch reports that the Kalu, who did not appear in court during his trial on Monday, September 10, expressed displeasure over the claim by the prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN). gathers that the ex-governor said it was not fair that Jacobs would urge the court to revoke his bail on the claim that he had absconded.

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Kalu said in a statement he issued from Germany: “I was very disappointed when I heard the statement credited to Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN). It is on record that since the commencement of this case in 2007, I have never been absent from court except the last sitting, which was beyond me.

“I have had to reschedule my surgery many times so as to be present in court at all times. My surgery was originally scheduled for August 1 but due to my appearance in court on July 31, I could not meet up with my surgical appointment.

“All my efforts to get a new date in August proved abortive as my doctor was on his annual family vacation and the earliest date granted was September 10.

“I had to ask for my doctor’s advice, who did not hide his displeasure over incessant cancellations of the long overdue surgery and bluntly told me that once the operation is conducted, healing would not take less than five weeks and as such if I wanted to make the next court sitting, I had better, again, reschedule the surgical operation for September 24, based on his schedule."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the revocation of the bail granted a former Abia state governor, Dr Orji Kalu, was rejected by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday, September 10.

EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had prayed the court to revoke the bail granted to the former governor while responding to a request by Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Gordy Uche (SAN), for an adjournment of the alleged fraud case against his client due to his absence.

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