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EFCC Ask Court To Transfer Orji-Uzor Kalu Case To Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has applied to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to transfer the case file of a former governor of Abia state, Chief Orji-Uzor Kalu to its Lagos Division.

EFCC asked the court to transfer the case file for the fresh trial of Chief Orji-Uzor Kalu and two others in an alleged 7.1 billion naira fraud.

The application seeking the transfer was brought under sections 18, 19, 22 and 45 of the federal high court act 2010 and section 93 of the administration of criminal justice act, 2015.

The Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe said the application was predicated on five grounds among which are; that the Abuja division of the Federal High Court lacked the requisite jurisdiction to entertain and try the defendants in the instant charge.

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The motion further indicated that after taking their plea, the defendant brought an application challenging the competence of the charge and contending that there was no prima facie case against them.

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that many of the ingredients of the offences against them occurred in Lagos and most of the witnesses who were bank workers resided in Lagos.

When the matter came up, the Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo said he would not be able to take the application given the approaching Easter holidays.

Justice Ekwo consequently adjourned until the 17th of May, this year, for determination of the application.

 

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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