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EFCC TO FILE 800 NEW CORRUPTION CASES AGAINST ORJI UZOR KALU

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it is set to file 800 new corruption cases in court against the former Abia State Governor and current Senator, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu.

The Chairman of the commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said this on Thursday as part of the weekly briefing by Heads of MDAs to give an update on their performance in office.

According to him, the cases to be filed will border on public corruption and cybercrime.

Bawa also said that cases were delayed largely because of the strike by judiciary workers who shut down courts in Nigeria for over two months and only recently suspended the strike.

Orji Uzor Kalu was set free by the Supreme Court on technicalities after being convicted of stealing over seven billion naira when he was the Governor of Abia State between 1999 to 2007. The Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge that found him guilty had been elevated to the appeal court and should not have ruled on the matter.

While speaking on Thursday about his performance in office since assumption 100 days ago.

He said the commission on Wednesday secured a judgment against a former banker, Francis Atuche, who was sentenced to six years in jail for stealing N27 billion from the former Bank PHB while he was the managing director.

“This case was instituted on October 16, 2009, but judgment was only given yesterday. But we are determined to continue prosecuting no matter how long it takes,” he said.

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