The former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor-Kalu has suffered a major setback in his bid to upturn the judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos which handed him a 12years jail sentence over N7.1 billion fraud.
Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited had filled an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, challenging the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to sit on the case.
However, the 3-man panel of the Court led by Justice Ige dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.
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While reading its judgement, the court held that Section 98(3) & (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015) is not applicable in the appellant case.
The judgement stated that there was nothing “perversed” with the decision of the trial court, maintaining that If a court has a jurisdiction, the fact of doing so under a wrong law is no reason to set it aside.
It concluded by ruling that “the rights of the appellants were not infringed.”