From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Former Abia State governor and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Kalu has maintained before a Federal High Court that the Supreme Court never ordered his re-trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on alleged money laundering charges.
Meanwhile, the court has fixed September 20, 2021 for judgment in the suit challenging his re-trial by the ant-graft agency.Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed judgment date after counsel to all the parties to the suit had adopted their legal positions for and against the case.
While counsel to the applicant, Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN), George Ukaegbu, counsel to Udeh Jones (2nd respondent) and Chief Chris Uche (SAN) for Slok Nigeria Ltd had respectively urged the couprt to grant the application, the EFCC (1st respondent), through its counsel, Rotimi Jacobs(SAN) on the other hand, urged the court to dismiss it.
The former governor who predicated his case on section 36 (9) of the constitution argued that having been tried, sentenced and convicted by a court over the same charge, FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007, it would amount to double jeopardy if he is subjected to a fresh trial on same charge.