A former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison by Justice Mohammad Idris of a federal high court in Lagos State has begged for a post-conviction bail on health grounds.
Bittertruth Media recalls that Kalu, who is currently a senator was jailed for embezzling N7.1 billion while serving as Abia State Governor between 1999 and 2007. Kalu was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 39 charge.
However, after his sentencing, he has filed a bail application pending his appeal. In the appeal on Tuesday, Kalu said he is battling “serious health issues that the medical facilities in the prison cannot handle”. He also added that as the senator representing Abia north, “the interest of his constituents would be in jeopardy if he was kept behind bars”.
He said since the offences he was convicted of were bailable, the court should free him while he challenges his conviction at the court of appeal.
However, Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the EFCC, opposed the application for post-conviction bail insisting that the medical report tendered in the case was obtained over a year ago.
Oyedepo added that the medical facility at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre is capable of handling Kalu’s condition.
Meanwhile Mohammed Liman, the presiding judge, adjourned the matter till December 23, 2019, for ruling.