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Court Dismisses Detained Orji Kalu’s Request For Post-conviction Bail

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has rejected the request of Orji Uzor Kalu, the detained former Abia State governor, for a post-conviction bail.

Justice Mohammed Liman, the presiding judge, handed down the verdict at the hearing of the post-conviction application in court on Monday.

Kalu, who is the current Senate Chief Whip, was convicted alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Ltd., by Justice Mohammed Idris of the same court on 4 December for corruption. The Abia North senatorial district lawmaker was jailed 12 years concurrently for all the charges he was convicted of.

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He has, however, appealed against the verdict at the Court of Appeal.

He also lodged a separate suit before the Federal High Court, seeking the granting of bail pending his appeal before the appellate court.

Kalu, in his application filed by his lawyers, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) and Awa Kalu (SAN), claimed that he was battling some health challenges which the medical facilities in the prison could not handle.

The former governor also pleaded that he be released in the interim for the sake of his constituents, whom he claimed have no one to represent their interests at the National Assembly.

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But ruling on the application, Justice Liman held that the request lacked merit and subsequently dismissed it.

The judge said he should remain in the prison custody pending the decision of the Court of Appeal where he is challenging his conviction.

 

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