- Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is reportedly set to resume Senate on Tuesday, May 12
- The Abia North senator was jailed in December 2019 over allegations of corruption while he served as Abia state governor
- Five months after, the Supreme Court nullified his conviction and ordered a retrial, making him a free man again
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After spending five months in prison, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is reportedly set to resume his position as a member of the ninth Senate on Tuesday, May 12.
Senator Kalu was representing Abia North in the Senate before his historic conviction.
Recall that Kalu was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in December 2019 by the Federal High Court in Lagos over allegations bordering on corruption while he served as the governor of Abia state.
However, he got a favourable judgement at the Supreme Court on Friday, May 8 when the apex court nullified the judgement of the lower court that convicted him and ordered a retrial.
According to the court, the judge who convicted Kalu had been elevated to the Court of Appeal and had no constitutional power to hear a case at the Federal High Court.
Despite being in jail for five months, Kalu continued to enjoy all his entitlements as a senator, even without performing any legislative duty.
The Senate explained then that Kalu remained a serving lawmaker until he has exhausted all legal options available to prove his innocence of the case.
Daily Trust reports that a source close to Kalu said the lawmaker is most likely to resume at the Senate on Tuesday, “since he has been released from prison.”
The newspaper also covers some reactions of Kalu's constituents in Abia North to the development.
Amobi Oga, a businessman in Abia, described the Supreme Court ruling as a victory for the Igbo nation.
He said the ruling has proven that the judiciary remained the last hope for the common man.
Another constituent, Oddy Okechineke, a retired teacher, cautioned against wild jubilation, saying it was too early to celebrate.
“My people should know that the anti-graft agency will soon commence retrials,” Okechineke said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Kalu would face an immediate retrial.
The anti-graft agency said that it considered the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate, adding that the verdict was a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.
The commission noted that it was prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidence against Kalu and others is overwhelming.
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