Justice Mohammed Liman the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the release of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja.
At the hearing of the application on Tuesday, Counsel to Senator Kalu, Lateef Fagbemi, asked Justice Liman to order the release of the former governor following the pronouncement of the Supreme Court. According to him, the application was made pursuant to Section 159 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs, who did not oppose the application, however asked the court to ensure that the order of the Supreme Court for trial to start afresh be complied with, so that all parties could come before the court for a fresh arraignment and trial of the defendants.
Justice Mohammed Liman after listening to the application filed by the former governor, held that Orji Kalu’s application seeking his freedom was meritorious.
He also ordered the EFCC to file its processes for a fresh arraignment of the defendants after which the date for trial would be communicated to all parties in the case.
Senator Kalu, a two-term former governor of Abia State, had urged the court to set aside his conviction on December 5, 2019, by Justice Mohammed Idris. He explained that this became necessary since the Supreme Court, in its verdict delivered on May 8, 2020, held that Justice Idris gave the judgment without jurisdiction.