N5.6bn Fraud: Court Fixes May 16 For Ex-Gov Orji Kalu’s Trial

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[caption id="attachment_7171" align="alignnone" width="627"]Chief Orji Kalu, Former Abia State Governor[/caption]

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, fixed May 16th, 2016 for the arraignment of the former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Kalu.

The date was fixed for the ex-governor to take his plea on the 112 amended count charges leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Chief Kalu is being re-arraigned before Justice Anwuli Chikere over allegations of misappropriation of N5.6 billion while he served as the state governor between 1999 and 2007.

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The ex-governor was first arraigned in 2007 but his trial was stalled over the years following court cases instituted by him, challenging the charges leveled against him by the EFCC.

Kalu will be arraigned alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and his alleged accomplice Udeh Jones Udeogu.

The EFCC lawyer, Oluwa Leke Atolagbe‎, however, moved for an adjournment to enable the agency to effectively prepare‎ for the case.

His application was not opposed by‎ Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Awa Kalu (SAN), and that of the 2nd and 3rd defendants, Chief Solomon Akuma (SAN).