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Orji Uzor Kalu wants a Post-Conviction Bail citing his “Poor Health”

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Former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu is asking the court to grant him a post-conviction bail after being convicted of N7.1bn fraud and sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on Thursday, December 5.

In an application on Tuesday, Kalu said he is battling serious health challenges, and that the medical facilities in the prison cannot handle, Punch reports.

Noting that the court should free him while he challenges his conviction by Justice Mohammed Idris at the Court of Appeal ,since the offences he was convicted of are bailable.

He also pointed out that as the Chief Whip of the Senate, and the senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, the interest of his constituents would be in jeopardy if he was kept behind bars.

Notwithstanding his claims, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has opposed the post-conviction bail application.

2 Comments

  1. Ms B

    December 17, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Post conviction bail?? Very strange! I hope the court dismisses it

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  2. by_stander

    December 18, 2019 at 8:10 am

    When he was committing fraud, his constituents was not in jeopardy?

    Since the point is to rehabilitate him and not to execute him, unfortunately the state can not hold him, if the state is unable to provide him with standard medical care which is the medical care obtainable in the country for the average man.

    So he needs to be assessed by an independent medical practitioner for whatever medical condition he claims and receive his treatment locally under guard and restraints.

    The cost of the medical treatment will be owed by him to the state, of which his sentence can be increased if he fails to pay, especially if its a pre-condition or self-inflicted.

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