23 February 2021 By Victoria Abah.
Hearing in the suit by former Abia State Governor and senate chief whip, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu seeking to stop his retrial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on alleged money laundering charges has been adjourned.
The adjournment was as a result of a complaint by the EFCC, which is listed as the first defendant in the suit of not being properly served with the originating summons.
When the matter was called, Rotimi Jacobs, who announced appearance for the Commission, drew the court’s attention to the fact that the originating summons were served on his Chambers instead of the EFCC.
He told Justice Inyang Ekwo that he was yet to be briefed by the EFCC as its counsel and it would amount to professional misconduct to accept processes on the matter.
Responding, Prof. Awa Kalu, who appeared for Senator Kalu said he had no problem serving the EFCC with the originating summons.
However, Justice Ekwo observed that both the first and third defendants were yet to file their reply briefs in the suit, he therefore adjourned the case to April 20 for hearing and directed the applicant to serve the EFCC within seven days.
The court had on February 8, 2021, granted leave to Senator Kalu
to challenge his retrial by the EFCC on the same charges upon which he was sentenced and convicted.