Orji Uzor Kalu: Celebrating Freedom
Freedom came the way of former Abia state Governor Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday June 3, following his release from Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, where he was serving a 12-year jail sentence after being found guilty by a Lagos High Court, in December of 2019, for allegedly stealing public funds.
A source close to the former governor told Summit News that the former governor arrived his Abuja residence, off Queen Amina Street – within the perimeter of Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Wednesday evening.
A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court had on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Kalu from the correctional centre.
Mohammed Liman, the judge, granted an application moved by his counsel Lateef Fagbemi seeking his release.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission did not oppose the application.
The former governor 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.