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Lawan, Senate Principal Officers Visit Orji Kalu After Release From Prison

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, along with other principal officers of the Senate, on Thursday night paid Senator Orji Uzor Kalu a visit after his release from the Nigerian Correctional Service, Kuje, Abuja.

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Officers who visited Kalu include Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President; Yahaya Abdullahi, Senate Leader; Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader; and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Deputy Whip; among others.

Kalu, who is the current Chief Whip of the Senate, was released on Wednesday night after he was convicted in December of mismanaging N7.1 billion during his time as governor of Abia State.

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Justice Mohammed Idris, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal bench, had returned to the Federal High Court in Lagos to complete the case, which started in 2007.

However, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision by a seven-member panel led by Justice Amina Augie, on May 8 this year, held that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and a former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu, in December last year.

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The verdict of the apex court was not categorical on whether Kalu should be released from prison or not and his lawyers decided to approach a Federal High Court in Lagos for the interpretation of the judgment.

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The Federal High Court led Justice Mohammed Liman before whom the applicant’s motion was pending, however, granted the prayer of the applicant, and ordered the release of Kalu, from the Kuje prison custody on Tuesday.

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