EFCC says Orji Kalu will be re-arraigned when issue of jurisdiction is resolved

EFCC says Orji Kalu will be re-arraigned when issue of jurisdiction is resolved

- The EFCC has spoken about plans to re-arraign a former Abia governor, Uzor Kalu for alleged laundering

- The anti-graft agency said it is trying to resolve the issue of jurisdiction hindering the case

- EFCC said it wants the case to be transferred from Abuja to Lagos

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that it would re-arraign a former Abia state governor, Uzor Kalu for alleged theft of public funds when the issue of jurisdiction is resolved.

Legit.ng recalls that the Supreme Court had ordered a retrial of the case when it ruled that the trial judge should not have continued to hear the case having been elevated to the Court of Appeal.

EFCC says Orji Kalu will be re-arraigned when jurisdiction matter is resolved

EFCC has accused Uzor Kalu of alleged corruption. Photo credits: Leadership
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The spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren told Premium Times on Monday, October 5, that Kalu’s re-arraignment is being delayed because of an issue of jurisdiction in the court system.

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He explained that when the Supreme Court gave the judgment, it directed that the matter should go back to the trial court.

Uwujaren stated that the chief judge in Lagos transferred the matter to Abuja.

The spokesperson said the EFCC is asking for the case to be transferred to Lagos because Abuja does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Uwujaren said.

“The commission’s request for a transfer of the case back to Lagos has not been done. That is why progress has not been done (achieved)."

Meanwhile, Smart Adeyemi, senator representing Kogi west, has announced his intention to sponsor bills for the enactment of the Mosaic law which will help curb corruption.

The senator said the law will discourage people from stealing. According to him, if the hands of public officers in the country are cut off, they will not steal.

Adeyemi made his intention known on Saturday, October 3, at a retreat for the Senate press corps in Lokoja, Kogi state.

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