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Orji Kalu Released From Prison

Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State, has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.

His release was ordered by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday following is conviction for alleged mismanagement of N7.65 billion belonging to the state.

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He was sentenced to a 12-year jail term last December.

Kalu had filed an application asking the court to order his release from the Nigerian Correctional Service, Kuje, Abuja, after his conviction was nullified by the Supreme Court.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion.

On December 5, 2019, Kalu was sentence to 12 years imprisonment while Udeogu got a 10-year sentence.

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However, their conviction was nullified on May 8 by the apex court.

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The court said the trial judge, Mohammed Idris, had been elevated to the court of appeal at the time of the case and was not supposed to preside over the matter.

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