Court Bars EFCC From Rearraigning Orji Kalu

Orji Kalu
  • Recall that the former governor who is now a Senator representing Abia North Senatorial district in the Senate is seeking to stop his retrial in the ₦7.1billion money laundering charges… 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has prohibited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying former Abia State Governor, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order while delivering judgment in an application filed by the former governor seeking an order of court prohibiting the EFCC from retrying him on a charge for which he had already been tried and convicted.

The judge said: “An order is hereby made prohibiting the Federal Government through the EFCC from retryiing the applicant (Kalu) on charge no. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007 since there was no order in the judgment of the Supreme Court for the retrial of Kalu.”

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Recall that the former governor who is now a Senator representing Abia North Senatorial district in the Senate is seeking to stop his retrial in the ₦7.1billion money laundering charges on the ground that he had been tried, convicted and imprisoned on the strength of the same charges.

Professor Awa Kalu (SAN) counsel to the former governor while adopting his processes had informed the court that senator Kalu stood for trial for 12 years and got the judgment that convicted and jailed him for 10 years.

The senior counsel cited section 36 (9) of the 1999 constitution which stipulates that no Nigerian shall be subjected to double jeopardy to support his arguments.

Awa Kalu insisted that the former governor, having served a period of jail term would be made to suffer double jeopardy if allowed by the court to be put on trial for the second time by the federal government.

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