Lawan leads other senators to Kalu’s residence


Nigerian Senate President,  Ahmad Lawan in the company of others pay a visit to Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday, a day after he was released from Kuje correctional centre, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Kalu, former Governor of Abia state, was jailed alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state.

They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion.

They were found guilty and jailed in December, but Udeogu appealed the verdict of the court.

Following his appeal, the Supreme Court on May 8, 2020, ordered that Udeogu should be released and the retrial of his case.

However, Kalu who was not part of this appeal contended that no legal basis existed for his continued incarceration following the Supreme Court’s judgment which declared the whole trial a nullity and freed Udeogu.

Due to coronavirus pandemic, all the senators wore face masks at Kalu’s residence on Thursday, but did not observe social distancing when they posed for group photographs.

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