Court orders the release of ex-Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu

Orji Uzor Kalu
Emeh Joy

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered for the release of the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu from prison.

Recall that on December 5, 2019, Kalu was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment while Udeogu received a 10-year sentence. However, on May 8 2020, the Supreme Court judgment nullified the trial and conviction of Kalu and others on the grounds that the judge that handled the case lacked jurisdiction.

The apex court had it that Mohammed Idris, the trial judge then who had been elevated to the Court of Appeal at the time of the case, ought not to have presided over the matter while he was an appellate court judge.

The judgement nullification by the Supreme Court had sparked lots of reactions from nationals with many criticizing the law and saying this was just another charade to make Kalu evade imprisonment.

Justice Mohammed Liman had fixed 2nd of June to hear a motion on notice which was filed by Kalu seeking release from prison based on the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in Udeogu's appeal.

In his application through his counsel, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the former governor asked the court to order his release from the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Kuje, Abuja following the nullification of his conviction by the Supreme Court.

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