Orji Uzor-Kalu bags 12 years imprisonment for N7.1bn fraud
By Chinelo Nwangene
The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, to a maximum of 12 years imprisonment for N7.65bn fraud, among other multiple sentences ranging from 3 years to 5 years on 27 counts.
Kanu, now a serving senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was charged by the federal government for theft, fraud of over N7.1 alongside his Slok Nigeria Limited and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during his tenure as governor between May 29, 1999 and May 29,2007.
Justice Mohammad Idris also convicted and sentenced his two other accomplices, who were also found guilty of N7.65bn fraud. They got multiple sentences between 10 years and 3 years.
Kalu’s co-defendants are his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.
The judge also ordered that Slok be wound up and its assets forfeited to the federal government.