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Absence Of Kalu’s Lawyer Stalls Alleged N7.6bn Fraud Trial

The trial of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Abia State governor, over an alleged N7,6 billion fraud case has been stalled following the absence of Awa Kalu, his counsel.

Justice Mohammed Idris, the trial judge, disclosed at the resumption of proceedings at the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday that he was informed that Kalu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was ill.

The message came through Kelvin Nwofo (SAN), counsel to the second defendants,  who told the court that he came into Lagos on Sunday with Kalu, who suddenly took ill.

Nwofo then asked the court to grant an adjournment to enable the professor to recover.

The prosecuting counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, had no objections to the request for an adjournment, and Justice Idris subsequently adjourned proceedings until Tuesday, August 27.

The former governor, who was present in court on Monday, is standing trial before Justice Idris on an alleged N7.6bn fraud brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC arraigned him in November 2016 alongside the second defendant, his former Commissioner for Finance, Jones Udeogu, and his company, Slok Nigeria Ltd, which is the third defendant, on an amended 39-count of fraud-related offences.

They had all pleaded not guilty to the charge.



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