The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former governor of Abia state Orji Uzor-Kalu.
According to reports, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former governor of Abia state Orji Uzor-Kalu. The former governor was re-arraigned at a Federal High Court in Lagos,
It is still unclear what charges the commission have against the former governor. However, Uzor-Kalu was formerly arraigned by the anti-graft agency before Justice Adamu Bello of the Federal High Court in Abuja in 2007.
But the matter was transferred to Justice Anuli Chikere of the same court after Justice Bello’s retirement. The former governor was arraigned on a 117-count charge which was later amended to 37 by the anti-graft agency. The charges bordering on corrupt diversion N3.2 billion from the coffers of Abia state government’s treasury was said to have been committed during Uzor-Kalu’s tenure as the governor of the state. Punch reports.
During one of the sittings before Justice Chikere, the EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs accused Uzor-Kalu of delaying the criminal trial against him. Jacobs said the former governor and his lawyers were hoping that all the prosecution witnesses would die before the substantive suit against Uzor-Kalu would be heard by the court.
The prosecution’s allegation came after Chikere had asked parties involved in the matter to choose a convenient date for taking of fresh plea. Jacobs said.
“I know you want December, when all the witnesses must have died.”