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Nigerians React As Supreme Court Frees Orji Uzor Kalu

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The immediate release of Nigerian majority whip of the Senate, Cheif Orji Uzor Kalu after five months at Kuje correctional facility has generated several reactions from Nigerians

Naija News reported that the freedom of the former Governor of Abia was as a result of the verdict by a seven-man panel of the Justices of the Supreme court who nullified judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal high court.

The Supreme Court set aside the judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal high court, Lagos which sentenced Ude Udeogu and Senator Oriji Uzor Kalu to 10 and 12 years imprisonment respectively.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo who read the lead judgment held that justice Mohammed Idris having been elevated to a Justice of the Court of Appeal lacked the jurisdiction to continue with the trial.

Justice Ekwo said President of the Court of Appeal has no powers to issue a fait, asking Justice Idris to go back to the trial court to conclude the trial.

However, this new development has generated several reactions on social media and here are reactions below

Meanwhile, despite several backlashes of the Apex court verdict some Nigerians believe that the verdict was appropriate. For instance A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Abiodun Owonikoko Friday said the Supreme Court lawfully quashed the conviction and 12-year imprisonment of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor-Kalu.

Owonikoko said the Federal High Court in Lagos which last December 5 found Kalu guilty of stealing about N7.1billion from the Abia State treasury, gave a technically flawed judgment.

He said trial judge Justice Idris’ decision to continue presiding over Kalu’s case after his elevation to the Court of Appeal was contentious and likely to be overturned on appeal, just like the apex court did.

In a Facebook post minutes after the Supreme Court ordered a retrial of Kalu’s case, Owonikoko said: “We always knew that the judgment of the trial court was technically flawed (not on the merit though) hence the order for trial de novo (afresh ).

“It was easy to predict that it might not survive on appeal based on that snag of the judge coming back from court of appeal to deliver…

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