Breaking News: Supreme Court Instructs EFCC to Prosecute Ex. Governor Orji Uzor Kalu over N5.6bn fraud.

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By KayCee March 18, 2016 14:04

The Supreme Court, in Abuja on  Friday, gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governoenr of Abia State on a 107-count corruption charge.The charge centers on the alleged complicity of the former governor in money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds. The sum of N5.6billion.Kalu was alleged to have been diverted  while he was the governor   of Abia State between 1999 and 2007.Though the anti-graft agency docked him before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on July 27, 2007, however, for the past eight years, the defendant, through various applications, frustrated moves by the EFCC to open its case against him. The erstwhile governor  firstly challenged the competence of the charge against him, as well as the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear and determine the case. Meanwhile, following refusal by the trial court toend the charge, Kalu, took the case before the Court of Appeal in Abuja. The appeale court, in an unanimous judgment, upheld the competence of the charge, adding that the high court was constitutionally empowered to exercise jurisdiction on the trial. Dissatisfied with the verdict, Kalu approached the Supreme Court, begging it to set-aside the concurrent findings of the two lower courts. The former governor, through his lawyer Chief Awa Kalu, SAN, pleaded a five-man panel of Justices of the apex court, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to quash the criminal charge against him. He contended that the EFCC failed to establish a prima-facie nexus linking him to the ingredients of the offence contained in the charge. It was his contention that the proof of evidence the anti-graft agency adduced against him did not nail him to the commission of any crime. Nevertheless, the apex court, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, dismissed the appeal, even as it ordered the appellant to go and face his trial before the high court.

Source: Vanguard News

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KayCee
By KayCee March 18, 2016 14:04