Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by Justice Idris Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Justice Idris Mohammed passed the judgment after finding the former Abia state governor guilty of N7.1bn fraud charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Judge declared Kalu and his co-defendants guilty of the 39 counts filed against them by the EFCC.
While being escorted out of court, Kalu, who is the Senate’s Chief Whip, begged the prison warders not to handcuff him in public.
“Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.” he said.
The conviction of Orji Uzor Kalu in the N7.1 billion fraud case against him, is a landmark judgement in commemorating International Anti-Corruption Day. It demonstrates a significant progress in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
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— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) December 5, 2019