Alleged N7.1bn fraud: Court fixes July 2 for Orji Uzor Kalu’s retrial

 The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, fixed July 2 for adoption of all processes filed by parties in a suit by former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, seeking to stop his retrial.

The court had in February granted Kalu leave to challenge the legality of the retrial.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel to the former governor, Prof.

Awa Kalu (SAN)  told the court that the respondents had served on him their counter affidavits.

Responding, counsel to the 1st respondent (EFCC) Oluwaleke Atolagbe, the 2nd respondent,  Mr George Ukaegbu  and the 3rd respondent, Mr  K.C Nwufor  all admitted having filed and exchanged processes.

In a short ruling, the judge, Justice  Inyang Ekwo said since all parties had “joined issues”, the court had taken over control of the case.

Ekwo adjourned the matter until July 2 for adoption.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu, a senator representing Abia North, is seeking an order of court  prohibiting the EFCC from retrying him on the same alleged N7.1 billion money laundering charge against him.

He contented that having been tried once by EFCC, convicted and sentenced in the same charge, FHC/ABJ/CR/56/ 2007,  it would amount to double jeopardy for him  to be subjected to a fresh trial on the same charge.

The former governor had also applied for an order prohibiting the  EFCC from retrying, harrassing and intimidating him with respect to the said  charge  or any other charge based on same facts as he need not suffer double jeopardy.