N7.bn fraud: Orji Uzor Kalu to remain in prison as appeal court upholds his conviction
Chief whip of the senate, Orji Uzor Kalu who was handed a 12 year jail sentence after being found guilty of N7.1 billion fraud while he was Governor of Abia State, will remain in prison as a court of appeal in Abuja has dismissed an appeal filed against his sentence.
Recall that the former Governor was convicted and handed a prison sentence alongside Udeh Udeogu who served as Finance Commissioner during his administration. The Federal High Court in Lagos also ordered the liquidation of Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and forfeiture of its assets to the federal government.
The duo who however filed an appeal against the judgement, insisted that the federal high court in Lagos lacked the jurisdiction to try them because that was not where the offence was committed.
However the three man panel at the court of appeal in Abuja dismissed the appeal on grounds of lacking merit. Justice Olabisi Ige who delivered the lead judgement, stated that the complaint of the appellants is a non-issue as their right was not infringed.