A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court will on December 5 deliver judgement in a N7.6 billion money-laundering suit involving Orji Kalu, the senator representing Abia North in the National Assembly. Kalu, who was Abia governor between 1999 and 2007, was re-arraigned in July last year on a 39-count amended charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was charged alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts during Kalu’s tenure as governor. They were first arraigned in 2007 before Justice Adamu Bello but several adjournments and transfer of judges stalled the trial.
The court initially fixed December 2 to deliver judgment but, last Friday, announced that the judgment would be delivered on December 5. Newsmen learnt the reason for the rescheduling was due to the judge’s participation in election petition tribunal matters. In 2018, the EFCC closed its case after calling 19 witnesses.
In their defence, Kalu and his co-defendants filed a no-case submission before the court. Before he could hear and rule on the no-case submission, Mohammed Idris, the judge, was elevated to the Court of Appeal.