I will never replied any case in relation to #2.9 billion scam attached to me – Orji Kalu

Former Abia State governor, Orji Kalu, on Wednesday told a Federal
High Court in Lagos that he had no case to answer regarding the
alleged fraud charges levelled against him by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Kalu is currently being prosecuted alongside his company, Slok
Nigeria Limited and a former Director of Finance and Account at
the Abia State Government House, Mr. Ude Udeogu for alleged
fraud.
The EFCC, in the charges, alleged that while he was governor of
Abia State, Kalu siphoned funds running into over N2.9bn from the
state’s treasury.
Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Awa Kalu (SAN), at the resumed hearing on
Wednesday, informed Justice Mohammed Idris that he had filed a
motion for no-case submission on behalf of his client, stating that
the ex-governor had no case to answer with regard to the charges.
“A motion for no-case submission was filed on behalf of the 1st
defendant on May 28 and it has been served on the prosecution,”
Kalu said.
The other defence counsel, Chief Solo Akuma (SAN), and K. C.
Nwofo (SAN), also informed the court that they had filed no-case
submissions on behalf of the other defendants.
Earlier, the EFCC’s counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, had drawn the court’s
attention to an amended charge filed by the anti-graft agency
before the commencement of proceedings.
“We did inform the court at the last adjourned date that we wanted
to file an amended charge.
“We have filed the amended charge this morning. We were also
served with the defendants’ motion for no-case submission,”
Adeniyi said.
In response, defence lawyers told the court that the defendants had
not been served with any amended charge by the prosecution.
In a bench ruling, Justice Idris directed the service of the amended
charge on the defendants inside the court.
The defence lawyers, however, sought for an adjournment to
enable them study the amended charge.
Justice Idris adjourned till June 13 for further hearing.
Kalu was said to have allegedly diverted the funds in tranches of
N200m, N50m, N200m, N300.8m, N545m, N429m, N288.4m,
N190m, N157m, N152.8m, N100m, N84m and N50m between
August 13, 2003, and January 12, 2005.

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