N3.2 billion fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex-Gov. Kalu, 2 others

Orji Uzor-Kalu
Orji Uzor-Kalu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, and two others on a 34-count amended charge bordering on fraud.

Mr. Kalu, his company, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former Commissioner for Finance, Jones Udeogo, were re-arraigned before Justice Anwuri Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday.

The defendants’ plea that the court should await the pending appeal by Slok before the Supreme Court failed.

Justice Chikere refused the defendants’ objection to their arraignment and ordered that the charge be read to them.

Mr. Kalu and others were, in the amended charge, accused of diverting about N3.2 billion from the Abia government’s treasury during Mr. Kalu’s tenure as governor.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and Mr. Chikere allowed them on bail on the terms attached to the bail granted them on April 30, 2008.

They had, eight years earlier been arraigned before Justice Adamu Bello, who is now retired.

The court adjourned the case till Dec. 6 for commencement of trial.(NAN)


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  • Recovered some of the loot and re-steal the loot.

  • Nice one

  • Iskacountryman

    shake the money tree…

  • Ijeuwa

    When shall EFCC get serious? All we hear is some big thief is arraigned, then he gets a bail, and then nothing happens. They should please spare us all this rigmarole.

    • Galantman

      The problem is the scandalous apparent collusion between the judge, prosecution, and the defense. They taking us for a ride. EFCC cannot do anything under the above scenario. We are simply held hostage. That’s why cases takes years in Nigeria, injunctions are giving as cheap as pure water, adjournments and other delay tactics. What is even more embarrassment is the a verdict of not guilty was turned to guilty in the UK before our very eyes. It’s pathetic, the judiciary need to cleanse itself thoroughly

  • favourtalk

    Let them all pay for thier crimes. No one is above the law. Change is what we voted for and change is what we will get

  • George Abejide

    what we need is a special court to try these looters and corrupt politicians. With the level of corruption prevailent in the bar and the bench the EFCC can only bark but will never be allowed to bite. Nigerians need to rise and demand a special dispensation with specific mandate to try looters and looting should be accorded the status of treason against the state.

  • Ede 9ja

    You are the one delaying yourself. Enter APC case closed.

    But this man Kālu and his mother really looted Abia state dry. It is high time Nigerians take laws in to their hand and revolt against all these looters.