Orji Kalu’s Trial Stalled : EFCC Counsel Absent


The trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, who was accused of N2.9bn fraud, was stalled on Tuesday due to the absence of the prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).


Kalu is being prosecuted before the Federal High Court over N2.9bn fraud.


OUK, as the business mogul is called, is facing 34 charges alongside Udeh Udeogu and Slok Nigeria Limited before Justice Mohammed Idris.


However, the anti-graft agency’s prosecuting counsel did not appear in court.


The defence counsel notified the judge that the prosecutor had already written to them, explaining why he would not be in court.


Drama ensued when Justice Idris said Jacobs did not send any such letter to the court as claimed by the defence counsel.


Idris expressed displeasure at the development, noting that trial in criminal cases were meant to be day-to-day by virtue of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

The matter was, consequently, adjourned till November 8, 2017.


The ex-governor is being accused of diverting state funds amounting to N2.9bn into the account of Slok Nigeria Limited, a company, the EFCC claimed was owned by Kalu and his family members.

Via Daily Post

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