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EFCC to re-arraign ex-Abia Gov, Kalu for corruption charges

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon prosecute again the former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu on corruption charges, according to the chairman of the commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Bawa, who spoke with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday said Kalu “will be prosecuted all over again.”

Kalu was convicted by an Abuja High Court and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment but won an appeal at the Supreme Court which nullified his conviction.

Bawa also said the commission was set to begin prosecution of 800 new corruption cases.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by the Commission to amend its charge in the $9.8 million, £74,000 fraud trial of an ex-Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu.

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Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on Thursday, held that granting the application by the EFCC would amount to varying a subsisting judgment given by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on April 24, 2020 where it, among others, ordered Yakubu to enter defence in relation to counts three and four of the six counts originally contained in the charge on which he was arraigned.

Justice Mohammed was emphatic that allowing the prosecution (the EFCC) to amend the charge was tantamount to disobeying the subsisting order made by the Court of Appeal in its judgment of April 24, 2020.

The EFCC claimed that its operatives, acting on a tip-off, raided Yakubu’s house located on Chikun Road, Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State on February 3, 2017 and recovered the $9,772,800 and £74,000 cash kept in a fire proof safe.

It arraigned Yakubu on March 16, 2017, on a six-count charge relating to money laundering offences.

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