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EFCC Ready For Retrial Of Orji Kalu


The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says that it would retry former governor of Abia State,  Orji Kalu, after the Supreme Court on Friday voided the judgement convicting him to 12-year imprisonment.

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by Justice Amina Augie, held that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Senator Orji Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.

The EFCC, however, in a statement signed by Head Media & Publicity of the commission, Dele Oyewale, on Friday described the verdict of the apex court as a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.

The EFCC said the judgment of the apex court is quite unfortunate.

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The statement said “The Commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidence against Kalu and others are overwhelming.

According to it: “The corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them.

The statement read in part. “The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.’’

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