8 February 2021 By Victoria Abah
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the re-arraignment of Chief Whip of the Senate and former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, be put on hold pending resolution on the legality of his retrial on N7.1billion naira money laundering charges.
Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an exparte application also granted leave to the Senate Whip to challenge the legality of his retrial on the same charges.
Justice Ekwo maintained that Kalu had placed materials of value before the court to enable him secure permission for judicial review of the implications of his retrial in a suit for which he had previously been tried, convicted and imprisoned at the Kuje Correctional facility.
The judge also granted Kalu leave to apply for order of perpetual injunction against the Federal government through the EFCC to prohibit his retrial so as not be made to suffer ‘double jeopardy’.
Consequently, the judge gave the Senator seven days within which to serve and file all processes he intends to use to challenge the retrial, with 23 February fixed as date for mention.
Kalu’s Counsel, Ikoro Ikoro, emphasized that it was double jeopardy for him to be tried twice.
The Court therefore fixed February 23, 2021 for mention into the matter.