The Preeminent Court has invalidated the judgment which sentenced previous Abia state representative and serving congressperson, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Ude Udeogo, the previous Chief of Back and Accounts amid Kalu’s administration. Senator, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Ude Udeogo were captured and imprisoned for occupying N7.6 billion having a place to the state government amid their time in office.
Justice Idris Mohammed Liman of the Government Tall Court in Lagos on December 12, 2019, sentenced Kalu to 12 a long time detainment after finding him blameworthy of N7.1bn extortion charges leveled against him by the Financial and Monetary Violations Commission, EFCC.
Udeogo was moreover sentenced to 10 years. Displeased with the judgment of the Government Tall Court, Kalu and Udeogu recorded an offer to challenge their sentencing at the Incomparable Court.
The pinnacle court, in a consistent decision by a seven-man board of Judges driven by Equity Amina Augie, held that the Government Tall Court in Lagos acted without purview when it sentenced Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Constrained and previous Chief of Fund in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.
It held that trial Equity Mohammed Liman was now not a judge of the Government Tall Court as at the time he sat and conveyed the judgment that indicted the respondents for supposedly taking around N7.1billion from Abia state treasury. The pinnacle court, subsequently, requested the Chief Judge of the Government Tall Court to reassign the case for trial. Kalu served as the Senator of Abia State from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007.