Attempts by former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu to get a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a N7.6 billion fraud charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has failed.
The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris yesterday dismissed the no case submission application brought before him by Kalu, his Commissioner for Finance, Udeh Jones Udeogu, and his company, Slok Nigeria Limited.
Justice Idris held in his ruling on the application that the defendants have some explanations to make in the light of the exhibits and evidences put forward by the prosecution while presenting its case.
Kalu and his co-accused persons are facing an amended 39-count charge. Apart from the N7.1billion, which he was accused of laundering, the ex-governor and the other defendants were also accused of receiving a total of N460million allegedly stolen from the Abia State government treasury between July and December 2002.
The alleged offences according to the EFCC are contrary to sections 17(c) 16, 14(1)(b)17(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2003, and sections 427 of the same Act.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
At the conclusion of the prosecution’s case however, the former Abia governor had argued that the entirety of the evidence of the prosecution witnesses not only woefully bears no relationship with the charge but also failed to establish any linkage or nexus with him.