Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Wednesday night returned home from custody following the order for his releaseby Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
Kalu a former Abia State governor (1999 -2007) was freed from the Kuje Correctional Centre at about 7:30pm.
Justice Liman had on Tuesday ordered for the release of the Senate Chief Whip, and also set aside the fraud trial and the 12-year conviction.
Kalu was jailed following his trial and conviction in the N7.65b fraud case involving Abia State fund was delivered on December 5, last year. Convicted along with Kalu were former Abia State Government House Director of Finance Ude Udeogu and Kalu’s firm Slok.
However, Udeogu,on May 8 appealed to the Supreme Court and prayed the Court to set aside judgement for lack of jurisdiction by the judge. This was granted as the judgment was set aside, and a fresh trial of the case was ordered on the grounds that Justice Muhammed Idris, who delivered the verdict no longer had jurisdiction having been elected to the Court of Appeal.
On the strength of that judgment, Kalu asked the court to free him.