Monday January 18, 2021 7:24 AM

Ex-Abia gov, Orji Kalu yet to be released despite court judgement

Ex- Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu has not been released from Kuje Correctional Centre despite  Supreme Court judgment that quashed his conviction.

The apex court did not issue any order for the release of the Senator because he did not file any application for such.

He was a respondent (defendant) in the matter before the Supreme Court alongside Federal Republic of Nigeria and Slok Nigeria Limited.

The judgment only covered the appellant, Mr. Ude Jones Udeogu, who challenged the propriety of a Court of Appeal, Justice Mohammed Idris, to try him.

Udeogu claimed that former President of the Court of Appeal Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, lacked the powers to issue a fiat to any appellate judge to try him.

He also alleged that Bulkachuwa erred in law to issue a fiat under Section 396(7) of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which was a non-existing law.

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Correctional Service, Mr. Ja’afar Ahmed, has also refused to release Kalu because there was no order from the Supreme Court.

It was learnt, Kalu may have to approach the Court of Appeal, where he has a pending matter, to ask for his release following the dismissal of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos by the Supreme Court

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