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Court Dismisses Orji Kalu's Application For Bail

Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court has dismissed Orji Uzor Kalu's application for bail pending determination of his appeal against his fraud convict.
According to the judge, the applicant failed to prove exceptional circumstances that would warrant granting bail pending the determination of his appeal.
Justice Liman said there was no evidence to prove the senator was suffering from chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension, and that they were not contagious that can pose health hazard to other inmates in the prison. 
The court also rejected Kalu's argument that there are substantial grounds in his appeal against his conviction, saying it is an irrelevant ground.
Also, the judge ruled that Mr Kalu's absence at the Senate will no doubt be missed, but that his constituents should have known they were taking a risk of taking a potentially uncertain candidate, when they voted him to represent them as a federal lawmaker.
The former governor is currently serving a 12-year jail term handed down on him upon conviction for fraud and money laundering.
Kalu was found guilty on December 5 of N7.56 billion fraud by Justice Idris.
 Kalu's company, Slok Nigeria Limited, which he used to defraud Abia State was forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has begun the process of winding up the company and seizing assets.
Also, his aide, Jones Ude, who was the director of Finance in the Abia State House, was sentenced to a five-year jail term.
The presiding judge, Idris, described money laundering office as a crime against humanity.
Justice Liman further stated that on the issue of prolonged trial at the Appeal Court to Supreme Court, the current administration has broken away from the past as trial of corruption cases are given preferential accelerated hearing.
Consequently, the former governor can take advantage of his case being heard expeditiously.
Justice Liman has adjourned till January 17, 2020 for ruling on bail application filed by Jones Udeogu, the former director of Finance in Abia State House, convicted alongside Dr Orji Uzor Kalu.

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