The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it is prepared to relaunch the trial of convicted Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.
This is the commission’s response to the nullification of the conviction by the Supreme Court.
A statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Commission, Dele Oyewale however described the verdict as ‘technical ambush’.
He however added that the Commission is ready for the retrial with overwhelming evidence.
Find below excerpts of the press release:
EFCC PRESS RELEASE
Orji Kalu: EFCC SET FOR FRESH, IMMEDIATE RE-TRIAL
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 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 EFCC considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate . It is a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor. The Commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming. 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.
Full Statement shortly, please.
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