By Innocent Anaba
FORMER Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday, asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to discountenance the second amended charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged N3.2 billion fraud.
Also urging the court to dismiss the said second amended charge were Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former Commissioner for Finance, Udeh Jones Udeogu.
Kalu and other defendants are standing trial before Justice Mohammed Idris, who has been elevated to Court of Appeal, on charges of alleged fraud of N3.2 billions from Abia State Government’s treasury between 2001 and 2005.
They were also alleged to have used the following banks to perpetrate the alleged fraud: Manny Bank, Spring Bank Plc, the defunct Standard Trust Bank and Fin Land Bank, now First City Monument Bank, FCMB.
At the resumed hearing of their matter yesterday, the defendants through their lawyers, Chief Awa Kalu, Chief Solo Akume and Chief Kingsley Nwofo, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria, told the court to strike out the second amended charge, as the prosecution had failed to formally apply to the court before filing same.
In urging the court to strike out the second amended charge, Kalu’s lawyer, Kalu (SAN) said: “We have a motion against the second amended charge brought by the prosecution. The motion is dated June 5, and filed on June 12, 2018, it has four reliefs, and its supported with a 16 paragraph-affidavit, and a written address, also dated June 5.”