The Federal High Court Abuja, on Tuesday, adjourned the arraignment of Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, charged for alleged N7.1 billion fraud until June 7.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was to arraign Kalu, following a Supreme Court order that he and his co-defendants in fraud charge be retried, having quashed the 12-year jail sentence handed to them by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
When the matter was called, counsel to the EFCC, Mr Chile Okoronma told the court that there was a preliminary matter that needed to be resolved before the former Abia governor could be arraigned.
According to Okoronma, the prosecution has written a letter to the Chief Judge of the court seeking a transfer of the matter to the Lagos division of the Court.“Looking at the charge sheet, no element of any of the offenses took place in Abuja.“We will be asking that the matter be adjourned “sine die” (indefinitely) while we await the response from the chief judge,” Okoronma submitted.He held that proceeding with the matter in the Abuja division of the court would be an exercise in futility. (Independent)