Orji Kalu Resumes In The Senate
The Chief Whip of the Senate , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu , resumed normal legislative duties at the National Assembly complex on Tuesday .
The former governor of Abia State arrived at the Senate wing of the nation ’ s parliament at exactly 9 : 00 am ,
The newsstarlet reports .
He exchanged pleasantries with his colleagues and acknowledged greetings from legislative staff and security operatives.
Speaking with journalists on arrival at the entrance to the Senate chamber , Kalu described his experience as a good one .
He said, “ I just want to thank God for everything that has happened . It is the will of God. I want to urge Nigerians to keep hope alive . ”
Kalu was released after over six months of incarceration at the Kuje Correctional Centre.
The Senator and others , were in December last year , convicted and sentenced for N 7 .1 bn fraud .
Justice Mohammed Idris , who was elevated to the Court of Appeal bench , had returned to the Federal High Court in Lagos to complete the case, which started in 2007 .
However, the Supreme Court , in a unanimous decision by a seven -member panel led by Justice Amina Augie , on May 8 this year , held that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu , his firm , Slok Nigeria Limited and a former Director of Finance in Abia State , Jones Udeogu , in December last year .
The verdict of the apex court was not categorical on whether Kalu should be released from prison or not and his lawyers decided to approach a Federal High Court in Lagos for the interpretation of the judgment.
The Federal High Court led Justice Mohammed Liman before whom the applicant ’s motion was pending , however, granted the prayer of the applicant , and ordered the release of Kalu , from the Kuje prison custody on Tuesday .
The Senator was invariably released on Wednesday by the authorities of the Kuje prisons.