N3.2bn fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex-governor Kalu, two others


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
has re-arraigned a former governor of Abia, Orji
Kalu and two others on a 34-count amended
charge bordering on fraud.

Kalu, his company, Slok Nigeria Limited and his
former Commissioner for Finance, Jones Udeogo,
were re-arraigned before Justice Anwuri Chikere of
the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday.
The defendants’ plea that the court should await
the pending appeal by Slok before the Supreme
Court failed.
Chikere had refused the defendants’ objection to
their arraignment and ordered that the charge be
read to them.

Kalu and others were, in the amended charge,
accused of diverting about N3.2 billion from the
Abia government’s treasury during Kalu’s tenure
as governor.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and
Chikere allowed them on bail on the terms
attached to the bail granted them on April 30,
They had, eight years earlier been arraigned before
Justice Adamu Bello, who is now retired.
The court adjourned the case till Dec. 6 for
commencement of trial.


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