- Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor-Kalu, gives an impression he would still be relevant in 2023
- Uzor-Kalu, while being led away from the court, begged the warders not to place handcuffs on him
- The Senate chief whip promised to follow the warders to the correctional centre
Convicted former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor-Kalu, on Thursday, December 5, pleaded with prison officers not to disgrace him before the public by handcuffing him.
Kalu said this immediately he was sentenced to 12-year imprisonment following his role in a N7.1 billion fraud.
The former governor and current chief whip of the Senate also asked the warders where he and his co-convicted were being taken.
While he was being led away, he smiled at journalists and suggested that he still has a role to play in the 2023 general election.
"2023, here we come," The Nation reports him as saying before asking the prison warders: “Where are you taking us to?
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“Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.”
While the judgement was going on, Kalu was reported to have wiped some tears from his eyes with a white handkerchief.
While his co-convicted was handed a 10-year jail term, his company, Slok Limited, through which the fraud was allegedly perpetrated, was ordered grounded.
The judgement comes 12 years after the case was brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Legit.ng earlier reported how a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday, December 5, found Uzor-Kalu guilty of alleged N7.65 billion fraud.
The report said Kalu’s co-defendants also found guilty are his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Udeh Udeogu, a former director of finance and accounts under him as governor.
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