Wednesday, November 25

Court fixes June 2 for Orji Kalu’s application looking for discharge from jail

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed June 2 to hear an application recorded by Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, looking for his discharge from jail.

The movement on notice will be heard by Justice Mohammed Liman.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu is at present serving a 12 years prison term at the Correctional Service Center in Kuje, Abuja for supposedly plundering N7.2billion having a place with Abia State.

He was condemned by Justice Mohammed Idris on Dec. 5, 2019, to 12 years detainment while his co-respondent, Jonnes Udeogo had packed away a 10 years prison term.

Kalu had employed a 12 man group of legal counselors, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN)s, to arraign his opportunity offer. He documented the movement on May 12 requesting that the court invalidate his conviction.

NAN reports that following Udeogu’s intrigue, the Supreme Court had on May 8 held that the fiat gave to Justice Idris to close the preliminary of the respondents after he had been raised to the Court of Appeal was “a nullity”.

The apex court had consequently, set aside Idris’ verdict “as it relates to the appellant (Udeogu)”.

The court had ordered Udeogu’s freedom and the re-trial of his case.

In his new pending motion, Kalu is contending that no legal basis exists for his continued incarceration following the Supreme Court’s judgment which declared his trial a nullity and freed Udeogu.

The motion will be heard on June 2.

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