Breaking: Supreme Court nullifies Orji Kalu’s trial

May 8, 2020
77 Views

<!– Dr. Orji Kalu –>

Dr. Orji Kalu. Supreme Court has given him hope

Nigeria’s Supreme Court has nullified the trial of Dr. Orji Kalu, former Abia State Governor, who was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment over N7.1bn fraud and ordered a fresh trial.

In an unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, on Friday, the apex court nullified the entire trial, on the grounds that the constitution did not permit a judge elevated to a higher court to return to a lower court to conclude a part-heard case.

Justice Mohammed Idris, who had been elevated to the Court of Appeal bench, had returned to the Federal High Court in Lagos to complete the case which started in 2007.

The judge had sentenced the ex-governor to 12 years imprisonment for the fraud he allegedly perpetrated during his tenure as Abia State governor.

However, Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment also declared as unconstitutional the provision of section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, on which the then President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa (retd), relied on to authorise Justice Idris to return to the Court of Appeal to conclude the trial.

The panel unanimously directed the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to assign the case to another judge of the court for the trial to commence afresh, the Punch reports.

You may be interested

Wike hails ruling on FG’s deductions to fund police
News
News

Wike hails ruling on FG’s deductions to fund police

Webby - January 26, 2022

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has described the Federal High Court’s judgement that stopped direct deductions from the Federation Account to…

FEC receives N3trn subsidy bill for 2022 from NNPC
News
1 views
News
1 views

FEC receives N3trn subsidy bill for 2022 from NNPC

Webby - January 26, 2022

The federal executive council (FEC) says it has received a bill of N3 trillion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation…

NNPC presents N3trn subsidy bill to FEC
News
News

NNPC presents N3trn subsidy bill to FEC

Webby - January 26, 2022

January 26, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has presented a bill of N3 trillion to the Federal…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.