Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu

EFCC Seals Off Orji Uzor Kalu’s Properties

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, December 14, 2019, sealed properties belonging to the former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, by marking each building with a keep off sign.

The anti-graft agency disclosed that the markings were made to ensure that the properties are not sold or used, following the order of Justice Muhammed Idris during a sitting at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on December 5, 2019.

Justice Idris had ordered that all assets belonging to the accused be forfeited to the Federal Government as a result of the fraud charges laid against Senator Kalu's company, Slok Nigeria Limited.

Senator Kalu, who is representing Abia North in the National Assembly, was arraigned for the fraudulent acts carried out through his company.

He was charged for diverting the sum of N7.65bn from the coffers of Abia State and a 39-count charge bordering on conspiring.

Udeh Udeogu, the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House, was also implicated for being an active accomplice to the crimes.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against them by the EFCC, thereby leading to their full trial.

After a prolonged case, evidence and witness proved the defendants to be guilty of all charges, and Justice Idris went on to convict and sentence Senator Kalu to five years imprisonment on counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11; three years on counts 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32,33; 12 years on counts 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38, and five years on count 39.

“In respect of the third convict, Slok Nigeria Limited, an order is hereby made that the company shall hereupon and without further assurances, but for this order, be wound up and all its assets and properties forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Justice Idris stated.

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