- Former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, remains in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services
- The Federal High Court in Lagos had on Tuesday, June 2, ordered the correctional service to release Kalu
- According to the correctional service, they are yet to receive an order from the court to release the former governor
The Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) in Abuja has revealed why former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu has remained in custody hours after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered his immediate release.
According to a report by The Nation, NCS disclosed that it was yet to get a valid court order to enable it to effect the release of the former governor.
Augustine Njoku, the NCS public relations officer, went on to note that unless the court ruling is transmitted to the service Kalu will remain in the correctional facility's custody.
The public relations officer further said that the court's ruling needs to be communicated to the correctional facility in form of a warrant, adding that they can't act based on a radio or TV announcement of the court order.
Njoku also said that they are yet to get the warrant and unless they receive it, Kalu remains in custody.
Recall that the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the NCS to immediately release Kalu from detention.
The court delivered the judgment on Tuesday morning, June 2, after listening to an application filed by the former governor.
Kalu, who is a current senator, had asked the court to release him on the grounds that the judge who sentenced him to 12 years in prison on December 5, 2019, gave the judgment without jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kalu said he is looking forward to rejoining his colleagues "in the Senate as soon as possible" following his victory at the Supreme Court on Friday, May 8.
In a statement after his freedom, Kalu who served as Abia governor between 1999 to 2007, boasted he is anticipating his return at the upper chamber. The lawmaker is representing the people of Abia North in the Senate, running on the platform of the ruling of All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, protesters stormed the complex of the National Assembly calling on the Senate president Ahmad Lawan to declare vacant the seat of Senator Kalu.
The protesters, who came to the assembly complex on Tuesday, June 2, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Abia North, staged the show of displeasure against the former state governor.
They wanted Lawan to declare embattled Senator Kalu's seat vacant so that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can conduct another election for the district.