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JUST IN: Supreme Court Nullifies Senator Orji Kalu’s Conviction


The Supreme Court on Friday Nullifies the conviction of former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu sentenced to 12 years and his director of finance and administration, Ude Udeogu jailed 10 years.

The apex court also ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the case for retrial

Solacebase recalled that both men were convicted for diverting N7.6bn.

The seven-man panel of the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision led by Justice Amina Augie held that the Federal High Court in Lagosacted without jurisdiction when it convicted Orji Kalu, his company , Slok Nigeria Limited and former Director Finance and Administration in Abia then.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo who read the lead judgment held that justice Mohammed Idris Liman having been elevated as Justice of the Court of Appeal lacked the jurisdiction to continue with the trial.

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Justice Ejembi Ekwo said President of the Court of Appeal has no powers to issue a fait, asking Justice Idris to go back to the trial court to conclude the trial.

“There is no provisions in the constitution that allows for a hybrid Judge.

“Section 396 of the ACJA is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution,” Justice Ejembi Ekwo ruled.

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