A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the federal government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to retry a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzo Kalu, on the N1.7 billion fraud case he was earlier convicted.
Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order while delivering judgment on the application filed by Kalu seeking to stop his retrial on the grounds that it would amount to double jeopardy if he faces the same trial again after he was released from prison.
The judge held that there was no extant order that directed for retrial of Kalu, saying that the judgment of the Supreme Court did not affect Kalu.
The court however ordered the retrial of former Commissioner of Finance, Jones Udeogu, who was convicted along with Kalu. (DailyTrust)