- Orji Uzor Kalu has made a serious request to the Federal High Court before his retrial
- Kalu called on the court to stop the EFCC and other sister agencies from retrying him
- The embattled senator claimed that no court so far has ordered his retrial
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The Federal High Court in Abuja has been called upon by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying him.
In an ex parte order filed by his lawyer, Awa Kalu, the senator appealed to the court to prohibit any anti-graft agency from prosecuting him on the ground that no extant judgment and ruling of a competent court in the country has ordered his retrial, The Nation reports.
Moreover, the motion brought before Justice Inyang Ekwo claimed that since he had been charged, convicted, and sentenced on the same charges of money laundering, it would be a double tragedy to go through the court processes again.
Part of the application read:
“An order granting leave to the applicant to apply for an or of prohibition, prohibiting the Federal Government, the EFCC, (her agent), her officers, servants, others, agents, privies and any other person or bodies deriving authority from the federal government, from retrying him on charge No.FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007 between FRN vs Orji Uzor Kalu & two others or any other charge based on the same facts de novo, there being no extant judgment and ruling of a competent court in Nigeria mandating same.”
Earlier, the EFCC had arraigned Kalu before Justice Ekwo for the beginning of a fresh trial. He was said to have siphoned N7.1 billion from the purse of government alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, when he was a governor from 1999 to 2007.
In 2020, the Senate chief whip was sentenced to a 12-year-jail term after he was found guilty of the allegation levelled against him by the EFCC.
However, the Supreme Court, in its judgment on May 8, 2020, quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial of the defendants by the EFCC.