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N7.65bn fraud: Orji Kalu to remain in prison, court rules

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N7.65bn fraud: Orji Kalu to remain in prison, court rules

The Federal High Court in Lagos has rejected an application for post-conviction bail by former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, who is serving 12-year imprisonment for N7.65bn fraud.

Justice Mohammad Liman ordered Kalu to remain in correctional services custody until his appeal is heard.

On December 17, Kalu applied for bail on the grounds of Ill health and the need the represent his constituency at the Senate, where he is Chief Whip.

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Orji Kalu last Tuesday filed the application for bail pending the hearing of the appeal of his conviction on health grounds.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) opposed the application, arguing that bail is for accused persons on the presumption of being innocent.

The anti-graft agency said that Kalu could no longer enjoy such privilege since he has been convicted.

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Kalu was jailed on December 5 for 12 years after being found guilty of N7.65 million fraud.

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