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BREAKING: Supreme Court Nullifies Orji Uzor Kalu, Udeogu’s Conviction

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File: Orji Uzor Kalu

Nigeria’s Supreme court reportedly nullified the judgment which convicted the past Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.
The apex court, headed by A seven-man panel additionally put aside the judgment which convicted, a former Director of Finance and Account at the Abia State Authorities House,

Ude Udeogu, While ruling on Friday the Supreme Court docket passed the judgement on Friday, a couple of 12 months after both prisoners have been convicted of corruption allegations brought upon them by the Federal Government.

Justice Ejembi Eko, in a unanimous verdict at the appeal delivered at the apex court, declared that the conviction of the appellants was null and void.

The Justice noted that the declaration was on the ground 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 can not function as a judge of the Federal High Court.

The apex court, subsequently, ruled that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court reassign the case for trial.

The Lagos State Federal High Court, in a ruling by Justice Mohammed Idris April 24, 2019, sentenced Senator Kalu to twelve years imprisonment.

Idris, in his judgement also sentenced Mr Udeogu to ten years imprisonment.

Both Kalu and Udeogu filed an appeal at the Federal High Court to counter their sentencing at the Supreme Court.

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