The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, before a Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of alleged fraud.
The ex-governor, who arrived the court at exactly 10:10 am on Tuesday, is set to be docked before Justice Inyang Ekwo on money laundering-related charges.
Recall that a seven-man panel of the Justices of the Supreme court had nullified judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal high court, Lagos which sentenced Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and a former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu to 10 and 12 years imprisonment respectively.
According to Justice Ekwo who read the ruling, Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu, was already a justice of the Court of Appeal when he ruled and sentenced Kalu and his co-defendant.
The supreme court nullified the trial on the grounds that Mohammed Idris, the trial judge, had no jurisdiction to hear the matter after he was elevated to the court of appeal.
The apex court ordered that the case be issued to another judge for a fresh trial.