After Loot Abia State, Supreme Court free Kalu to move Freely ~ Matters Arising
The Supreme Court, on Friday, quashed the judgement that convicted and sentenced the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor-Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment.
The apex court, in a unanimous selection via a seven-man panel of Justices led by using Justice Amina Augie, held that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted besides jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.
It held that trial Justice Mohammed Liman used to beno longer a decide of the Federal High Court as at the time he sat and delivered the judgement that convicted the defendants for allegedly stealing about N7.1billion from Abia state treasury.
According to the Supreme Court, Justice Liman, having been elevated to the Court of Appeal earlier than then, lacked the powers to return to take a seatas a High Court Judge.
It held that the Fiat that was once issued to him by means of the Court of Appeal President pursuant to part 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act was once unconstitutional.
Consequently, the apex courtroom vacated the judgement that convicted the defendants and ordered sparkling trial of the defendants