23 June 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed July 2, 2021 for the adoption of all the processes filed in the suit by former Abia State governor and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, challenging his retrial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on alleged money laundering.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the date after counsel to the suit, told the court that they have all filed and exchanged their processes.
In the said suit, Senator Kalu through his counsel, Prof. Awa Kalu has asked for a court order, prohibiting the EFCC from retrying him on same alleged money laundering charges.
He contended that having been tried, convicted and sentenced on same charges by the court under Justice Mohammed Idris, it would amount to double jeopardy if he is subjected to a fresh trial on same charge.
Justice Ekwo had earlier granted leave to Kalu to seek an order prohibiting the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through the EFCC , from retrying him, harrassing and intimidating him with respect to the charge or any other charge based on same facts as he need not suffer double jeopardy.
Regardless, the EFCC in a response to the suit, asked the court to dismiss it on the grounds that the planned re-trial would not amount to a case of double jeopardy.
The commission in its response, argued that the re-trial is in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court which held that the whole trial was a nullity having been conducted without jurisdiction.