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EFCC re-arraigns Orji Kalu over money laundry [updated]

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] re-arraigned former Abia governor, Orji Kalu over money laundry perpetrated by him while he was governor.

‎The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday re-arraigned former governor of Abia Orji Uzor Kalu, before a federal high court in Lagos over allegation of money laundering while he was the governor of the state.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

 Kalu who ended his tenure 2007, 9 years age could not be arranged by anti-graft agency because he had challenged criminal charges at different court in the country.

However, Supreme Court on March this year dismissed his application to stop his trial.

It is, however, not clear what specific charges the former governor is facing at the Lagos court.

He had been previously arraigned before the Federal High Court, along with two other people.

They were in that instance accused of diverting about 3.2 billion Naira from the Abia government’s treasury.

In March, the Supreme Court had ruled that the EFCC could prosecute the former Abia Governor, ruling that the anti-graft agency had established prime-facie cases against the defendant.

The former governor was accused of laundering and illegal diversion of public funds of about 5.6 billion Naira.

 

Mr Kalu was said to have perpetuated the fraud between 1999 and 2007 while he was the Governor of Abia State.

Orji Kalu After the plea, counsel to the accused, Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), urged the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, to allow the accused to continue with an earlier bail condition. 

Ozekhome informed the court that the accused had earlier been arraigned before Justice Nyako, Adamu Bello and Uweh, all of Abuja Federal High Courts before they were re-arraigned today. 

The prosecutor, Mr Adeniyi Adebisi, did not oppose the submission of defence counsel. 

Adebisi, however, added that EFCC was only interested in the justice of the case which included the trial of the accused persons. 

Idris consequently, adjourned the case to Dec. 12 and 13 for trial and ordered that the accused continue with the subsisting bail terms.

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