A former governor of Abia State and current senator representing Abia North senatorial district, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu was this Thursday sent to jail.
This follows a judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris of a federal High court in Lagos.
Bittertruth Media gathered that Kalu was sentenced to 12 years in jail after he was found guilty of N7.65bn fraud. He was said to have committed the fraud while serving as the governor of Abia State.
The 12 year sentence is the highest among the 39 counts convicting the defendants, the lowest sentence being three years.
Mr Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Ltd was ordered to be forfeited to the federal government.
The court found the second convict, his former commissioner of Finance Jonnes udeogo guilty of 34 counts.
Meanwhile, a lawyer identified as Victor Otie, Esq. has faulted the judgement, insisting that it was unknown to law and cannot stand.
“This is just a temporal distraction from his (Kalu’s) legislative duty, we are challenging it. We are sure of victory just like the Tribunal case. The ruling cannot stand.
“How can you say a company (Slok) that has been in existence before he became governor should be wind up? Does it make sense?.”
Asked if the judgement has direct legal implications on his (Kalu’s) seat as senator and office as Chief Whip, Barr. Otie said the positions would not be affected.
“Kalu remains a Senator and Senate Chief Whip, the position and office as Senator are not affected”, he said.
On whether the court ruling would be appealed, the legal practitioner said the judgement will be appealed from the Appeal Court up to the Supreme Court, insisting that there was no cause for alarm.