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Court Orders Release of Orji Kalu From Prison

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has ordered the release of former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from prison.

It was gathered that Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Lagos had during a trial on Tuesday, June 2 ordered that Kalu be released from Correctional Centre.

You will recall that Kalu was on December 5, 2019, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment over 7.16 billion naira fraud, but the Supreme Court upturned the judgment in its ruling led by Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Amina Augie.

Court Orders Release of Orji Kalu

Court Orders Release Of Orji Kalu From Prison
The former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu during his trial over 7.16 billion naira fraud.

The ruling held that the trial Justice, Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, condemned the judgment of the Supreme Court, describing it as a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.

The agency had declared preparedness for a fresh and immediate retrial.

In the meantime, a group of youths has urged the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan to declare the seat of Senator Kalu vacant given his continued absence from the National Assembly.

The group besieged the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 2 to protest the continued absence of Kalu.

The leader of the group, Chukwudi Chukwu said the protesters are indigenes of the five local government areas, comprising the Abia North Senatorial District.

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