Premium Times has reported that The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced the Abia State former governor Orji Uzor Kalu to 12 years in prison.
The Abia North senator was found guilty of fraud amounting to over ₦7 billion by the court, with the judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, delivering the sentence.
Orji Kalu was brought before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which alleged that Mr Kalu, who was Abia State Governor between 1999 and 2007:
…did procure Slok Nigeria Limited – a company solely owned by you and members of your family – to retain in its account, domiciled with the then Inland Bank Plc, Apapa branch, Lagos, an aggregate sum of ₦7,197,871,208.7 on your behalf.
The ₦7.1 billion was said to have:
formed part of the funds illegally derived from the treasury of the Abia State Government and which was converted into several bank drafts before they were paid into the said company’s account.