Court stops EFCC from retrying former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu over alleged N7.1 billion fraud

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying former Abia Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. The court stopped the anti-corruption agency from reopening the trial of Kalu on the N7.1billion money laundering charge brought against him by the EFCC.

Justice Inyang Ekwo stopped the retrial after Kalu filed an application against it, saying it would amount to double jeopardy. 

Ekwo who however ordered the retrial of former Commissioner of Finance, Jones Udeogu, who was convicted alongside the former Abia state Governor, held that there was no extant order that directed the retrial of Kalu and the judgment of the Supreme Court does not affect him. 

He noted that the Supreme Court had in the judgement it delivered on May 8, 2020, on Appeal No: SC.62C/2019, which was filed by his co-Defendant, Udeogu, held that the trial of the Appellant at the trial Court was conducted without jurisdiction.

Consequently, he prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining FG, through the EFCC or its agents, from further trying, harassing and intimidating him with respect to the charge or any other charge based on the same facts “as the Applicant need not suffer double jeopardy”.

Recall that, in February 02-2021 that Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia state governor, once asked the federal high court in Abuja to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from proceeding to try him over an alleged N7.1 billion fraud.

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