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Supreme Court nullifies Orji Uzor Kalu’s conviction

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has nullified the conviction of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

The Court judgement on Friday comes a year after the former Governor had been convicted of corruption charges levelled against him by the Nigerian Government.

A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court also quashed a judgement which convicted Ude Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account at the Abia State Government House.

It would be recalled that Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on April 24, 2019, sentenced Orji Uzor Kalu and Ude Udeogu to 12 and 10 years imprisonment respectively.

A unanimous verdict on an appeal filed by Kalu and Udeogu declared that the conviction of the appellants was null and void.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Ejembi Eko stated that the reason for the nullification was on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris was already a Justice of the Court of Appeal, as at the time he delivered the judgment sentencing the appellants.

He held that a Justice of the Court of Appeal cannot operate as a judge of the Federal High Court.

The apex court, therefore, ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the case for trial.

Source: Voice of Nigeria