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Supreme Court nullifies Orji Uzor Kalu’s conviction

PublishedBy: in NewsMay 8, 2020


The Supreme Court of Nigeria  in Abuja on Friday unanimously nullified the conviction of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in the “N7. 65 billion” fraud.

Thekokospot understands that 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 Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.

The Apex court held that trial Justice Mohammed Liman was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court as at the time he sat and delivered the judgement that convicted the defendants for allegedly stealing about N7.1billion from Abia state treasury.

According to the Court, Justice Liman, having been elevated to the Court of Appeal before then, lacked the powers to return to sit as a judge of the High Court.

It also held that the Fiat that was issued to him by the Court of Appeal President pursuant to section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act was not constitutional.

Consequently, the Supreme court vacated the judgement that convicted the defendants and ordered a fresh trial of the defendants.

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