A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, granted a movement by a former Governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu, searching for his launch from the Kuje Prison custody.
Justice Mohammed Liman earlier than who the applicant’s movement was pending, granted the prayer of the applicant, and ordered the discharge of Kalu, from jail.
Kalu was sentenced to 12 years for N7.2billion fraud belonging to Abia.
The verdict was handed down by Justice Mohammed Idris on Dec. 5, 2019, whereas his co-defendant, Jonnes Udeogo had bagged a 10 years jail time period.
NAN reviews that Justice Idris who delivered the decision, had been ceased of the case from the time of Kalu’s arraignment, however he was subsequently, elevated to the court docket of attraction.
However, following a fiat authorising him to proceed with the case, Idris carried out and concluded the trial of Kalu and his co-accused.
He, had consequently, delivered his verdict on Dec. 5, 2019 handing down a jail time period of 12 years and 10 years, on Kalu and Udeogo respectively.
Following an attraction by Udeogo, the Supreme Court had on May 8, held that the fiat issued to Justice Idris to conclude the trial of the defendants after he had been elevated to the Court of Appeal was “a nullity”.
The apex Court had put aside Idris’ verdict “as it relates to the appellant (Udeogu)”, and had ordered Udeogu’s freedom and the re-trial of his case
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In response to the choice of the apex court docket, Kalu consequently, employed a 12 man crew of legal professionals, together with six Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, to prosecute his freedom bid.
In his movement, Kalu contended that no authorized foundation existed for his continued incarceration following the Supreme Court’s judgment which declared his trial a nullity and freed Udeogu
He had filed the movement on May 12 asking the court docket to nullify his conviction, whereas the court docket reserved the case for June 2 (in the present day)
In his ruling, on Tuesday, Justice Liman held that the movement was meritorious and that he was sure by the judgment of the Supreme Court.
He, consequently, ordered the speedy launch of Kalu from the Kuje Correctional Centre the place he’s at the moment being detained.
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