COURT DISMISSES ORJI KALU’S BAIL APPLICATION
Written by thereachfm on December 24, 2019
A Federal High Court in Lagos has refused to grant a former governor of Abia State, Uzor Orji Kalu, a post-conviction bail.
Justice Mohammed Liman ordered that the former governor be remanded in prison until his appeal has been heard.
Ruling on Kalu’s application on Monday, the judge wondered how the motion for bail was filed speedily when the appeal against his conviction has not been heard.
It could be recalled that Kalu, through his counsel, filed an application for post-conviction bail pending his appeal against his jail sentence based on health grounds which he said the medical facilities in the prison could not handle.
He also informed the court of his role as the Chief Whip of the Senate that the interests of his constituents would be in jeopardy if he was kept behind bars.
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission opposed the bail on grounds that bail was for accused persons on the presumption of innocence.
The anti-corruption agency argued that since Kalu had been convicted, he could no longer enjoy such a privilege.