Group raises alarm over change of judgment date for Orji Kalu's case

Group raises alarm over change of judgment date for Orji Kalu's case

- A group has condemned the change of date for the judgement of the trial of a former governor of Abia state

- The group said the drastic change of date without a concrete reason is worrisome

- According to the anti-corruption group, Kalu's absence on the original judgement day show that the former governor was either privy to the shift in judgment date or he has other information to his disposal which Nigerians do not have

An anti-corruption group has raised an alarm over the sudden change of date for the final judgement on the alleged N7.6 billion fraud charge against a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor-Kalu.

The group as lovers of democracy, it patiently waited for the 12-years, following the court trial of the former governor who is now a senator at the ninth Senate.

Led by the convener, Igwe Onyeka, the group said it had confidence in the judiciary and believe that justice must surely be served one day.

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Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, December 3, Onyeka, however, said that most taxpayers in Abia state and other democrats across Nigeria who have patiently waited this long were however disappointed on Monday when the news filtered in that the judgement has been shifted to Thursday, December 5, for no reason.

He said while, it is expected that no individual should interfere in the judicial proceedings, the group is however curious as to what may have informed the change in date for the judgment.

He also said that more worrisome to hear that the same Senator Kalu who by law (criminal trial) ought to have been physically present in court on Monday if the judgment was to come was reported to have travelled outside the country on an official engagement. 

Onyeka said that Kalu's absence in court shows that he was either privy to the shift in judgment date or he has other information to his disposal which Nigerians do not have. 

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He said it is expected that such a person standing trial of such monumental allegation should have been under security watch.

"We were told there would be no sacred cow in the fight against corruption, but the trial of Chief Kalu and the intrigues that may have characterised it is beginning to suggest otherwise," Onyeka said.

Stating that the group in its entirety supports that anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari and wish to draw the attention of the president to the seemingly brazen plot to army wist the judiciary in the trial of Kalu.

Onyeka said: "We still see the outcome of the trial of Senator Kalu as a litmus test to the judiciary.  The judicial as an important organ of government should rise up to the occasion."

"We are aware of the plot by some chieftains of a particular political party to influence the judgment here as reported by a famous online newspaper."

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The question here is could the sudden change of date in the judgment part of the alleged plot to frustrate the proceeding. We are watching, Nigerians and others are also watching. We want justice and not only judgment," Onyeka said.

He also said that the group would march in protest to the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, December 5, to witness the all-important judgment.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the group had alleged that Kalu plans to frustrate his the fraud trial levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The coalition of NGOs in Support of Anti-corruption War said it notes with dismay alleged desperate attempts by the former governor to frustrate his trial. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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