Court Refuses To Stop Orji Kalu’s Trial

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday refused to stop the trial of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State. Kalu had urged the court to dismiss a trial instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against him; Jones Udeogu, his former commissioner for finance and account; and a company, Slok Nigeria Limited, over alleged money laundering totalling N3.2 billion. The former governor had argued that the trial should be declared as a no-case submission as the EFCC had no substantial evidence against him. Ruling on the case,†Muhammed Idris, the trial judge, stated that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the defendants based on the evidence against them. Justice Idris also ruled that the prosecution established a clear link between Kalu and the other defendants. The judge told Kalu, “You have explanations to make ” Goddy Uche, one of the lawyers to Kalu, informed the court immediately after the judge’s ruling that his client has been scheduled for a surgery He, therefore, asked the court to adjourn the case to September 10. Judge Idris granted the request of the defence counsel.
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