Ex-Abia gov Orji Kalu returns to Senate

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By Our Reporter

Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has returned to the Senate.

Recall the former governor spent six months in jail on allegations of corruption.

Indeed Senator Orji attended Tuesday plenary.

Speaking to newsmen before entering the Senate Chamber, the Senator said he was glad to be back to work and that he needs to hit the ground running to cover up for the loss of time to provide quality representation for his constituents in Abia North.

The former governor has been serving a 12-year sentence.

He was released on June 2, 2020, from the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja following an order by the Federal High court.

Senator Kalu, a two-term former governor of Abia State, had urged the court to set aside his conviction on December 5, 2019, by Justice Mohammed Idris.

He explained that this became necessary since the Supreme Court, in its verdict delivered on May 8, 2020, held that Justice Idris gave the judgement without jurisdiction.

He was convicted for embezzling N7.65 billion belonging to the Abia state government.

However, the Supreme Court nullified his conviction and ordered a retrial.

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