Orji Kalu: Former Abia governor remains in prison four days after Supreme Court judgement

Orji Kalu: Former Abia governor remains in prison four days after Supreme Court judgement

- The Senate chief whip, Orji Kalu, still remains in Kuje prison some days after the court judgement

- Supreme Court had on Friday, May 8, nullified the judgment that sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment over alleged corruption

- According to the report, the apex court did not issue any order for Kalu’s release because he did not file any application for such

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Despite the Supreme Court judgment that nullified the sentencing of Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia state, has remained in Kuje prison four days after the verdict.

The Nation reports that the apex court did not issue any order for Kalu’s release because he did not file any application for such.

Legit.ng gathered that the judgment only covers the appellant, Ude Jones Udeogu, who challenged the propriety of a Court of Appeal judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, to try him.

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According to the report, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria correctional service, Jaafar Ahmed, has also refused to release Kalu because there was no order from the Supreme Court to that effect.

It was learnt Kalu may have to approach the Court of Appeal, where he has a pending matter, to ask for his release following the dismissal of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos by the Supreme Court.

Orji Kalu: Former Abia governor remains in prison four days after Supreme Court judgement

Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu. Credit: Twitter/Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
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According to a copy of the judgment exclusively obtained by The Nation, the Supreme Court clearly stated that the judgment relates only to the appellant.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme Court nullified the court judgment that sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment over alleged corruption.

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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.

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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.

The apex court noted that Justice Liman lacked the powers to return to sit as a High Court Judge having been elevated to the Court of Appeal before then.

The Supreme Court consequently, set aside the judgment that convicted the Kalu and his co-accused and ordered a fresh trial.

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