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On Tuesday, the Federal High Court Abuja suspended the arraignment of Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, charged for supposed N7.1 billion extortion, until June 7.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was to summon Kalu, following a Supreme Court request that he and his co-litigants in extortion charge be retried, suppressing the 12-year prison sentence handed to them by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
When the issue was called, direction to the EFCC, Mr. Chile Okoronma, told the court that there was a fundamental issue that should have been settled before the previous Abia lead representative could be charged.
As per Okoronma, the indictment has composed a letter to the Chief Judge of the court looking for an exchange of the issue to the Court's Lagos division.
"Taking a gander at the charge sheet, no component of any of the offenses occurred in Abuja.
"We will ask that the issue be suspended "sine pass on" (inconclusively) while we anticipate the reaction from the main adjudicator," Okoronma submitted.
He held that procedure with the issue in the court's Abuja division would be a pointless activity.
The preliminary adjudicator, Justice Inyang Ekwo, in any case, wouldn't dismiss the issue inconclusively and demanded that advice should take a particular date to re-visitation of court.
In this manner, he deferred the issue until June 7 for a report on if it ought to be moved to Lagos.
"Having dismissed an application for a suspension sine pass on, I thusly make a request deferring this issue until June 7," the appointed authority dominated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu was indicted by the court's Lagos division on Dec. 5, 2019, and condemned to 12 years in jail for N7. 65 billion extortion.
He was sentenced for duping Abia's public authority, where he was a lead representative for a very long time utilizing his organization, Slok Nigeria Limited.
In any case, in its judgment on May 8, 2020, the Supreme Court subdued the conviction and requested that the EFCC retry the respondents.
In a consistent choice by a seven-man board of judges, the Supreme Court invalidated the whole procedures that prompted Kalu's conviction.
The peak court held that the preliminary adjudicator, Justice Mohammed Idris, was at that point raised to the Court of Appeal, as at the time, he sat and conveyed a judgment against Kalu and his co-litigants.
It noticed that Justice Idris was not, at this point, an adjudicator of the Federal High Court as of Dec. 5, 2019, when the previous lead representative and different litigants were seen as blameworthy of charges against them.