Former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, Bags Jail Term for N7.1bn Fraud

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu to 12 years imprisonment following a N7.1bn fraud as governor.

Kalu and his co-defendants were on Thursday found guilty of the 39 count charge filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Idris also ordered the winding up of Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited.

Kalu, who is currently a senator representing Abia State, has been facing trial alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.

Apart from the N7.1 billion, which he was accused of laundering, the ex-governor and the other defendants were also accused of receiving a total of N460 million allegedly stolen from the Abia State Government treasury between July and December 2002.