• By Kunle Awosiyan
    Nov 08, 2017
    Orji Kalu

    The ongoing judges conference stalled the trial of a former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu

    Orji Kalu is facing trial over alleged diversion  of the sum of N3.2billion when he was the Governor of Abia State.

    But when the matter came up for hearing at a federal high court in Lagos, the Registrar announced that the Presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Idris  was attending the Conference

     The former governor was arraigned along with his former Commissioner for Finance,Ude Udeogo on 34 counts of Money laundering and fraud.

    His Company,Slok Nigeria Ltd was also charged

    The matter was then adjourned to  Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1.for continuation of trial.

    According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the accused committed  the offences between August 2001 and October 2005 by utilising his company to retain in the account of a First Inland Bank, (now FCMB), the sum of N200 million.

    The  money reportedly formed part of funds illegally diverted  from the treasury  of the Abia State Government.

    Slok Nigeria Ltd and Emeka Abone, who is still at large, were also accused  of retaining in the company’s account the sum of N200 million on behalf of the first accused.

    Also in the counts the accused  retained about N2.5 billion in different accounts which funds were said to belong to the Abia Government.
    The total amount involved amounted to over N3.2 billion



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