Abuja High Court Stops EFCC From Retrying Orji Kalu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been prevented from retrying former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The order was issued by the Judge in response to Kalu’s request for a court injunction prohibiting the EFCC from retrying him on a charge for which he had already been tried and convicted.

The former Governor, who is now a senator, had been convicted of N7.1 billion in fraud and was serving a 12-year sentence when the Supreme Court invalidated the proceedings that led to his and his co-defendants’ convictions on May 8, 2020.

The Supreme Court’s judgement delivered on an appeal by Kalu’s co-defendant, Ude Udeogu, had ordered a retrial at the Federal High Court.

Following the apex court’s judgement, Kalu got out of prison and quickly applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop his retrial.

Justice Ekwo, while delivering a ruling on the application on Wednesday, said, “An order is hereby made prohibiting the federal government through the EFCC from retrying the applicant on charge no. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007 since there was no order in the judgement of the Supreme Court for the retrial of Kalu.”

The Judge who held that the apex court’s verdict did not order the retrial of Kalu, ordered EFCC to retry Kalu’s co-defendant, Ude Udeogu, the Former Director of Finance and Accounts with the Abia State Government.

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