- Convicted former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, will spend the 2019 Christmas in prison
- Kalu failed to secure bail as his application was dismissed by a Federal High Court
- The court ruled that the former governor is not suffering from any chronic of communicable disease
Monday, December 23, was another day of dashed hopes for the convicted former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, as a Federal High Court dismissed his application for bail.
With the decision of the court presided over by Justice Mohammed Liman, Kalu, who is the chief whip of the Senate, would be spending his Christmas and New Year at the Ikoyi prison.
The former governor had applied for the bail pending the determination of an appeal against his recent conviction for fraud while in office.
The Nation reports that Justice Liman ruled that Kalu failed to prove exceptional circumstances that would have made the court grant his bail request.
According to the judge, the court had no evidence to really show that Kalu was actually suffering from any chronic disease like diabetes or hypertension.
While noting that Kalu would really be missed at the Senate, the judge said those who voted for him should have known the risk they were taking by making him represent them at the National Assembly.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday, December 5, reportedly found Orji Uzor Kalu guilty of alleged N7.65 billion fraud.
Kalu was found guilty with two others in the alleged 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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