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Former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday filed a no-case submission in his trial for alleged money laundering. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned him alongside a former Director of Finance in Abia State Government House, Mr. Udeh Udeogu and Slok Nigeria Limited on 34- count charge of laundering N3.2billion.
EFCC closed its case on May 11 following which Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos adjourned for the defendants to open theirs. The prosecuting counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, who stood in for Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said EFCC filed the amended charge on Wednesday morning.
Adeniyi said he was also served with no-case submissions filed by each of the defendants. He said: “We did inform Your Lordship that we intended to file an amended charge. We have filed the amended charge this morning.
“We were also served with the defendants’ motion for no case submissions.” Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Awa Kalu (SAN), confirmed that he filed a no case submission on his client’s behalf.
“A motion for no case submission was filed on behalf of the first defendant (Dr. Kalu) on May 28 and it has been served on the prosecution,” he said.
Other defence counsel, Chief Solo Akuma (SAN) and K. C. Nwofo (SAN), said they also filed separate motions for no-case submission for their clients.
The defence counsel, however, said they were yet to be served with the amended charge.
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