The former governor of Abia state, who is also the Senate Chief Whip has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment over allegation of fraud he committed while in office as governor of Abia state.
Kalu was sentenced along with his associate Udeogu, who also bags 10 years inprisonment while the company which was used in perpetrating the fraud, Slok Limited, was ordered to be wound up by Justice Idris Mohammed.
A visibly shaken Kalu who was seen whipping off tears from his eyes as Justice Mohammed Idris began reading an abridged version of the 228-page judgment begged the prison warders not to handcuff him in public. He said, “Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.”
Kalu who may have alleged that his conviction was as a result of politicking for the 2023 presidential elections said with smiled to reporters while being led out of the courtroom after his sentencing.‘2023, here we come’
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an ammended 39 counts charge proved that Kalu together with his associate and company conspired and diverted funds from the coffers of the Abia State.
The case began 12 years ago in 2007 when Kalu and other acussed were arraigned for the offences before a different judge.