Federal high court in Abuja has fixed July 13 to hear an application seeking to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia state governor.
Recall that the EFCC preferred a 36-count charge against Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and accounts in Abia.
The former governor bagged 12 years imprisonment in December 2019. However, the supreme court, on May 8, 2020, voided the trial and ordered a retrial following an appeal filed by Kalu’s co-defendant.
Kalu approached the federal high court in Abuja, seeking to stop the EFCC from starting a fresh trial.
He stated that the supreme court’s pronouncement on retrial was peculiar to Udeogu, adding that it will amount to double jeopardy if he is allowed to be subjected to a fresh trial on the same charge.