Uzor Kalu’s trial for fraud to await S’Court ruling


The trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu at the Federal High Court was on Monday put on hold to await the Supreme Court ruling on an appeal on the suit.

One of the companies in the suit, charged along with Kalu, Slok Airlines, which is also owned by the former governor, has an appeal pending at the apex court.

The trial judge, Justice Anuli Chickere said she could not go on with the case with since an aspect of it was still pending at the Supreme Court.

Read also: After 8yrs Court clears EFCC to arraign Kalu over N5.6bn fraud

She also adjourned the case because the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) just served the former governor an amended charge to replace the 107-count charge brought against him in 2007.

Kalu is accused of having misappropriated and diverted about N5.6 billion belonging to the state.

His trial is coming up about eight years after he was first arraigned for misappropriation of state’s funds, as the Supreme Court on March 18 gave EFCC a ‘go-ahead’ to prosecute him.

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