An application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the revocation of the bail granted a former Abia state governor, Dr. Orji Kalu, has been rejected by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday, September 10.
NAIJ.com gathered that the trial judge in the matter is Justice Mohammed Idris.
EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had prayed the court to revoke the bail granted to the former governor while responding to a request by Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Gordy Uche (SAN), for an adjournment of the alleged fraud case against his client due to his absence.
Chief Uche explaining the reason behind the unavailability of Kalu told the court that he (Kalu) had travelled out of the country for a surgical operation in Germany.
He said: “My lord, at the last hearing of this matter on July 31, 2018, we did inform the court that the first defendant (Dr. Kalu) had an appointment for a surgical operation which was scheduled for the 2nd of August, 2018, in Germany.
“Incidentally, the first defendant was unable to get a flight out to meet up with the appointment. The Consultant Surgeon, Dr. Mario, thereafter, went for his summer vacation. However, from the communications we have, the only available date for the surgery is today (Monday). We have already made out a letter attached to which are the correspondences fixing the appointment since last week Friday.
“It is very unfortunate that we found ourselves in this circumstance and we shall be applying for an adjournment for the first time in this case. This is the first time the first defendant will be absent in court. We plead for a short adjournment to enable him take this surgery, recover and stand his trial.”
Chief Solo Akuma (SAN) and K.C. Nwofor (SAN), other defence lawyers, were not opposed to the request for adjournment.
However, EFCC’s counsel in his response, argued that the time given to Kalu by the court to travel for medical treatment had elapsed and he cannot by himself extended it.
The court in a short ruling, expressed its displeasure over the absence of the former governor, but declined the request to revoke his bail and adjourned further hearing in the matter till September 20.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has maintained that the fact that Orji Kalu, a former governor of Abia state, changed his political party will not end the corruption allegations levied against him.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC's spokesperson, said this on Tuesday, May 29, in an interview conducted by Channels Television.
Kalu was charged with fraud allegations running into billions of naira said to have been misappropriated while he served as governor.
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