Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu has been released from prison, TopNaija can authoritatively confirm.
Awa Kalu, his senior counsel, confirmed Kalu’s release on Wednesday night.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December.
On May 8, the supreme court nullified the trial of Kalu’s co-convict.
The apex court held that Mohammed Idris, the trial judge who had been elevated to the court of appeal at the time of the case, ought not to have presided over the matter while he was an appeal court judge.
On Tuesday, a federal high court in Lagos ordered the release of Kalu. His Warrant of Release was signed by Justice Liman and transmitted to prison authorities.
He set aside the trial, conviction and sentence of the former governor to 12 years imprisonment on December 5, 2019.
Below are photos of Kalu leaving the prison.
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