Court Of Appeal Deals Orji Kalu Et Al Another Blow, Dismisses Appeal For Lack Of Merit
Yesterday was a bad day for Orji Uzor-Kalu, Jones Udeogo and Slok Nigeria Limited.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja, dismissed an appeal filed by Slok Nigeria Limited challenging the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Lagos which convicted former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor-Kalu.
Kalu, Slok and a former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogo; were convicted on December 4 for N7.1bn fraud. Kalu got 12 years imprisonment, and Udeogo was sentenced to 10 years in jail
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The appellants had approached the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the trial court for lack of jurisdiction.
But the three-member panel in a judgment prepared and read by Justice Olabisi Ige on Wednesday dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.
The judge said:
“Nothing is perverse with the decision of the trial court. The complaint of the appellants is a non-issue.
“If a court has jurisdiction/power, the fact of doing so under a wrong law is no reason to set it aside. The rights of the appellants were not infringed.”
The upper court held that the appellants did not show mala fide by the chief judge and EFCC.