The former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering.
A Federal High Court in Lagos convicted Kalu, now a senator, on all the 39 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charge.
Kalu was charged alongside a former Commissioner for Finance, in the state Jones Udeogo, and his company, Slok Nig. Ltd.
While Kalu and his company were found guilty of all the 39 counts, Udeogo was convicted on 34 counts and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
The court ordered that the Slok Nig. Ltd. be wound up and its assets forfeited to the Federal Government.
The current Senator, Orji Uzor Kalu contested in the 2019 Nigerian general election to represent the people of Abia North in the senate, running under the banner of All Progressives Congress. He defeated the incumbent senator Mao Ohuabunwa with over 10,000 votes.
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