Finally, Orji Uzo Kalu Released From Kuje Custodial Centre
The Former Governor of Abia State and the chairman of SLOK Holding and the Daily Sun and New Telegraph, Senator Orji Uzo Kalu has been released from Kuje Custodial Centre, Abuja where he was serving a 12-year sentence.
The motion of his release was granted by A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday 2nd June 2020.
Justice Mohammed Liman before who the applicant’s motion was presented to, granted the prayer of the applicant, and ordered the release of Kalu, from prison.
He was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogu, who served under him as the director of finance and account at the Abia State Government House in Umuahia.
His co-defendant Jones Udeogu was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and the judge ordered the winding up of Slok Nigeria Limited, holding that its assets and properties be forfeited to government.
According to reports from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Justice Idris who delivered the verdict, had been ceased of the case from the time of Kalu’s arraignment, but he was subsequently, elevated to the court of appeal.
Justice Idris however followed an authoritative command Authorising him to continue with the case. He conducted and concluded the trial of Kalu and his co-accused handing them down a Jail term of 12 and 10 years respectively.
Udeogo filed an appeal held on May 8 at the Supreme Court issuing a Fiat to Justice Idris to conclude the trial of the defendants after he had been elevated to the Court of Appeal was nullified.
The Apex Court however set aside Idris Verdict and ordered Udeogu’s freedom and the re-trial of his case.
In reaction to the decision of the apex court, Kalu consequently, hired a 12 man team of lawyers, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, to prosecute his freedom bid and filed a motion asking court to nullify his conviction.
Justice Mohammed Liman held that the motion was commendable and that he was bound by the judgment of the Supreme Court. He therefore ordered Orji Uzo Kalu Released from the Kuje Correctional Centre with immediate effect.
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