Supreme Court nullifies Orji Kalu’s conviction
Nigeria’s Supreme Court has nullified the trial of Dr. Orji Kalu, previous Abia State Governor, who was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment over N7.1bn fraud and ordered a fresh trial.
In a consistent judgment of the Supreme Court drove by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, on Friday, the pinnacle court invalidated the whole preliminary, in light of the fact that the constitution didn’t allow an appointed authority raised to a higher court to come back to a lower court to finish up a section heard case.
Justice Mohammed Idris, who had been elevated to the Court of Appeal seat, had come back to the Federal High Court in Lagos to finish the case which began in 2007.
The judge had sentenced the ex-governor to 12 years imprisonment for the fraud he allegedly perpetrated during his tenure as Abia State governor.
In any case, Justice Ejembi Eko, who conveyed the lead judgment likewise proclaimed as illegal the arrangement of segment 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, on which the then President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa (retd), depended on to approve Justice Idris to come back to the Court of Appeal to finish up the preliminary.
The panel unanimously directed the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to assign the case to another judge of the court for the trial to start once more