The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said they are ready for fresh and immediate re-trial former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu , his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account of Abia State Government
This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the anti-graft agency on Friday. The Supreme Court had earlier on Friday, quashed the judgement that convicted and sentenced the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor-Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment.
The apex court based its verdict on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others, had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and returned to the lower court to deliver the judgment which it considered as illegal.
“The attention of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been drawn to the judgment of the Supreme Court nullifying the trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account of Abia State Government and ordering their fresh trial at the lower court,” the EFCC statement read.
It added that the anti-graft agency considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate and described it as a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.
The Commission further stated that they are prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming.
The agency also stated that the corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them. “The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course” the agency said.