After eight years of ding dong, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, gave leave to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arraign a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu on May 16.
Justice Anwuli Chikere granted EFCC the go ahead to re-arraign Kalu after she was furnished with the judgement of the Supreme Court that Kalu had a criminal case to answer.
Kalu, who was initially arraigned on a 107 count charge, will have to enter into fresh plea in an amended 112-count
charge dated February 11, 2008.
He is expected to be arraigned alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and alleged accomplice Mr. Udeh Jones
Lawyer to the EFCC, Mr.Oluwa Leke Atolagbe, asked the court for an adjournment to enable the agency to effectively “prepare for the case”.
Kalu was charged with money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N5.6billion during his tenure as the governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007.
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