EFCC Drags Ex-Abia Governor Orji Kalu To Court Over N5.6 Billion Money Laundering Case

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May 16, 2016 – EFCC Files 32-Count Money Laundering Charges Against Ex-Abia Governor Orji Kalu At Abuja High Court Today

EFCC Drags Former Abia Governor Orji Kalu To Court Over N5.6 Billion Money Laundering Case

The EFCC on Monday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, filed a 32-count amended charge against the former governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, on alleged money laundering.

The anti-graft body had in 2007 initially preferred 96 counts including money laundering against the ex-governor, his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogo.

Kalu and his co-defendants were accused of diverting the state’s fund while being governor of the state between 1999 and 2007.

The defendants’ re-arraignments were stalled following a pending appeal involving the 3rd defendant, Slok Nigeria Limited, at the Supreme Court.

Chief Solomon Akuma (SAN), Counsel to the third accused, drew the court’s attention to the subsisting appeal at the apex court.

He therefore urged the court to adjourn the proceedings to allow parties sort out the appeal.
On his part, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, opposed the application.

He said Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, prohibited stay of proceedings in a criminal matter at the trial court on account of a pending appeal.

Atolagbe argued further that the appeal in question was similar to the two previous appeals involving the Kalu and Udoego, which the Supreme Court had decided on March 18.

According to him, the apex court dismissed the accused persons’ objections to the charge preferred against them.

Ruling, Justice Chikere Anwuli went ahead to grant the application and subsequently adjourned the suit to June 30.

The EFCC on February 11, 2008, also amended the charge and presented the 112 counts against the case that has been further amended.

Count one of the charge alleged that Kalu between Aug. 13, 2003, and Oct. 9, 2003, whilst being the Executive Governor of Abia State procured Slok Nigeria Limited.

The count one also alleged that the ex-governor caused the company to retain in its account domiciled with the then First Inland Bank Plc, Apapa branch, Lagos, the sum of N200,000,000.

According to the charge, the alleged looted money formed part of the funds illegally derived from the treasury of Abia State Government through Standard Trust Bank (now United Bank for Africa Plc).

The charge therefore held that Kalu thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17 (C) of the Money Laundering.

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10 thoughts on “EFCC Drags Ex-Abia Governor Orji Kalu To Court Over N5.6 Billion Money Laundering Case

  1. Orji Kalu be like he no sabi something again o. See the face of pipul wey are holam and he de laff. Who is he laff that mumu laff for?

    • @Bench, make you no mind am. That is a facile move to show those who care to know that he is not perturbed by the arrest. But you and I know that deep inside him, he’s already sweating like a Christmas goat.

  2. Very well then. I think I like this.
    If that is the case it therefore mean, all Ex-Govs, Ministers, LG Chairmen, down to Councillor of all wards must be accountable to EFCC‘s probe

    Also talking about all Ex-Presidents, Ambassadors, Directors and Director Generals.
    Another wave of Oputa Panel.
    Yeye dey smell sha…

    I take a stroll..

  3. Talk against buhari in anyway and EFCC ill come after u..
    dat’s d policy our so call president use except u have immunity..
    orji uzo even saw dis coming b4 taking d decision 2 blast huhari.

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