- Ude Udeogu, a co-convict of Orji Uzor Kalu, has been released from Kuje prison in Abuja
- The warrant of release was given by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 12
- However, nothing the fate of the Kalu, a former Abia state governor is yet to be decided by the court
The former director of finance and account at the Abia government house, Ude Udeogu, has secured a warrant of release from the Kuje Prison in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Udeogu happened to have been convicted for fraud alongside Orji Ozor Kalu, a former governor of the state.
The order for Kalu's co-convict was given on Tuesday, May 12, by the Supreme Court in Abuja, The Cable reports.
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Meanwhile, the former Abia state governor is to remain in prison until a contrary verdict is given by the apex court.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that despite the apex court's judgment that nullified the sentencing of Kalu, he had remained in Kuje prison four days after the verdict.
The 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 covered the appellant, Udeogu, who challenged the propriety of a Court of Appeal judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, to try him.
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria correctional service, Jaafar Ahmed, had 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.
According to a copy of the judgment, the Supreme Court clearly stated that the judgment relates only to the appellant.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the court had nullified the judgment that sentenced Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment over alleged corruption.
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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