- Former Abia governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has been released from the prison
- Kalu was said to have been released on Friday, May 8
- The Supreme Court had nullified Kalu’s 12-year conviction
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A former governor of Abia state, Orji Kalu, who was jailed for allegedly stealing public funds, has been released from custody.
Premium Times reports that two sources familiar with the development confirmed that Kalu, a serving senator, was freed from the Nigerian correctional facility in Kuje, Abuja, on Friday, May 8.
Legit.ng gathered that he has now moved to his residence off Queen Amina street within the perimeter of Aso Rock Presidential Villa, sources told the online medium.
According to the online medium, the sources spoke under anonymity because they were close to Orji and did not get immediate permission from him to disclose his release to the press.
Kalu’s release came moments after the Supreme Court voided his conviction in December 2019 in a multi-billion naira corruption trial.
Kalu had been accused of pilfering and mismanaging funds belonging to Abia state during his days as governor between 1999 and 2007.
He pleaded not guilty and appealed his conviction by the Lagos division of the Federal High Court.
The Supreme Court had quashed the judgement that convicted and sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme Court nullified the court judgement that sentenced the former governor of Abia state to 12 years imprisonment over alleged corruption.
It was reported that the apex court nullified Kalu’s conviction in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by Justice Amina Augie on Friday, May 8.
The panel faulted the conviction of the former governor on the grounds that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu.
The Supreme Court ruled that the trial Justice Mohammed Liman was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court as at the time he sat and delivered the judgement that convicted the defendants for allegedly stealing about N7.1billion from Abia state treasury.
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