As the seven days ultimatum given to former governor of Abia State Chief Orji Uzor-Kalu by lagos high court to appear over N7.6bilion fraud charges expired on friday ,Concerned Abia leaders have asked the presidency to investigate the reported illegal travel by the ex-governor to Germany for medical treatment despite his alleged travel ban.
Concerned Abia leaders at a news briefing in Abuja yesterday claimed it was illegal and suspicious for the ex-governor to have travelled out of the country last week when he was reported to have deposited his international pass port and other travel documents with the court.
The group across party lines said “ it is curious for the former governor who was reported to have topped the list of Nigerians allegedly placed on travel ban by the presidency to have travelled abroad without following due process”
Leader of the group chief Ogbuagu Amadi specifically asked president Muhammadu Buhari to cause investigation into the circumstances leading to the reported sudden travel to Germany by Kalu which according to him was a clear violation of the travel ban allegedly slammed on him on others 49 Nigerians by the presidency .
Chief Amadi claimed that the reported travel may be part of the desperate ploy by the former state chief executive to delay his trial over alleged N7.6 billion fraud levelled against him by the EFCC.
He argued “, for Chief kalu to travel he needed to approach the high court for the release of his travel document “ but we are not sure this was done and yet he travelled abroad unhindered “ .
Our people want speedy trial of the former governor and we are worried over his desperation to frustrate his quick trial over the N7.6 billion fraud levelled against him by EFCC.
“There should be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption , and it is worrisome for somebody whose international pass port is allegedly being withheld can travel outside the country “.
“We are however happy when justice Mohammadu Idris of Lagos High court gave Chief Kalu seven days to appear before the court to answer questions over the alleged N7. 6 billion fraud charges levelled against him by EFCC.
“It is even sad that such person could be cleared and fielded by APC as its standard bearer for Abia north senatorial seat in the 2019 election .
“The former governor was reported to have travelled to Germany on Monday along with his wife, Ifunanya,for a major surgery for an undisclosed ailment.
Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, who is suspected to be on the list of high profile Nigerians barred by the federal government from traveling outside the country, was said to have left Nigeria last week
According to his media aide, Kunle Oyewunmi, the former governor left the country on Monday, October 29, 2018, aboard a Lufthansa airplane.
Oyewunmi stated that his principal left for Germany alongside his wife, Ifunanya, to undergo a major surgery for an undisclosed and life-threatening ailment.
In a statement he made available today, Oyewunmi said Kalu was rushed in an ambulance to Helios Klinik, Wiesbaden, Germany on Tuesday and was immediately wheeled into the surgical theatre. Meanwhile source confirmed at the weekend the ailing ex-governor may return to the country next week . The high court had in October 29 asked the former governor to appear before it or face contempt.