3rd June, 2020
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State was on Wednesday night released from the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.
The former governor, now a serving senator, was reportedly set free from prison around 7:30pm.
The Federal High Court in Lagos, had on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Kalu from Kuje prison.
The court also ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to immediately put machinery in motion for the retrial of the former governor.
The court further ordered that his trial should start afresh along side the former Director of Finance in Abia State Government House, Ude Jones Udeogu in line with the judgement of the Supreme Court that declared Udeogu’s trial, conviction and sentence a nullity.
Orji is serving a 12-year jail term at the Correctional Service Centre in Kuje, Abuja for looting N7.65 billion belonging to the Abia State Government.
The former Governor now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hired a 12-man team of lawyers, to file application for his release.
The application pending before Justice Mohammed Liman was filed on May 12 asking the court to nullify his conviction sentence and release him.
Justice Mohammed Idris who was elevated to Court of Appeal, on December 5, 2019, convicted Kalu and a former Director of Finance in the Abia State Government House, Ude Jones Udeogu of the offence of fraud.