Kalu Hires Six SANs to Secure Release
A convicted former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has hired a 12-man team of lawyers, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN)s, to secure his release from prison.
Orji, the Senate’s Chief Whip, is serving a 12-year jail term at the Kuje Custodial Centre, Abuja, for looting N7.65billion belonging to the Abia State Government during his eight years in office.
He filed a motion on notice on May 12 at the Federal High Court in Lagos, asking it to set him free.
Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu last December 5 while a Justice of the Court of Appeal, will not hear this fresh release bid.
The media learnt that the case has been assigned to Justice Mohammed Liman.
Justice Idris convicted the Senator on each of the 39 counts.
He also found Kalu’s co-defendants – a former Abia State Director of Finance and Accounts during Kalu’s tenure, Udeh Udeogu, and Kalu’s firm, Slok Nigeria Ltd – guilty on all counts.
Ude bagged 10- year imprisonment but the Supreme Court set him free on May 12 after declaring the trial a nullity for want of jurisdiction.