Orji Kalu: EFCC says it’s ready for retrial immediately
Meanwhile, the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has responded immediately to the judgement which freed Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu saying it’s ready for retrial without wasting time.
A statement issued soon after the apex court decision by Dele Oyewale
Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC described the judgement as unfortunate.
According to the statement, “The apex court based its verdict on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and returned to the lower court to deliver the judgment which it considered as illegal.
“The EFCC considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate . It is a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.
“The Commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming.”
It further stated that the corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them.
“The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.”