The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it would be appealing an Abuja Federal High Court judgement, barring the Commission from retrying a former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
MaaziTV can recall that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had handed down the judgement on Wednesday.
Ekwo told the EFCC to stop the planned retrial of Kalu over a N7.1billion, allegedly laundered by the former governor, which the EFCC had earlier preferred against him.
Ekwo stated that the Supreme Court did not in the verdict given on May 8, 2020, accent to the retrial of either Kalu or his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited.
Ekwo affirmed that the apex court only granted the retrial of former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.
In a statement issued on Wednesday through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC stated: “EFCC believes the judge erred in this ruling as Section 36(9) of the 1999 constitution is applicable only where the previous judgment was by a court of competent jurisdiction.
”In this case, the apex court had in the said judgment described the process that led to the conviction of Kalu as a nullity because the Judge came from the Court of Appeal to decide the matter.
“The Commission further avers that the court erred in its ruling that the Supreme Court did not order the retrial of Kalu; that it amounts to cherry-picking for Kalu to profit from the decision of the Apex court nullifying the conviction of his co defendant, Ude Udeagu but is not prepared to face the burden of retrial.”