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Judge dismisses Kalu’s plea for adjournment, orders him to open defence

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The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos has dismissed the motion for an adjournment made by Orji Uzor Kalu, the senator representing Abia North senatorial district, to enable him to attend to election petition tribunal.

Kalu alongside Ude Udeogo, his former Commissioner for Finance, and Slok Nigeria Limited are answering charges bordering on money laundering and embezzlement preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The trial on Monday was scheduled for the senator to open his defence on the allegation of money laundering and embezzlement.

However, when the trial commenced, the senator asked the court for an adjournment which was opposed by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the prosecuting counsel.

Justice Mohammed Idris, the presiding judge, ruled in support of the prosecution and asked Kalu to open his defence as that was the stipulated business of the day.

Kalu took the witness stand and gave testimony on his credentials before becoming a lawmaker. He was led in evidence by his lawyer, Awal Kalu (SAN).

Thereafter, Kalu’s counsel repeated his motion for an adjournment to enable him properly give evidence in his defence.

This time, the trial judge granted the motion but insisted that the trial would continue on a day-to-day basis until it is concluded.

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