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.