Former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzo Kalu, has been released from prison following the nullification of his 12 years jail term.
The Supreme Court declared its ruling today, Friday, 8 May, after which Kalu was released from the Kuje Correctional Facility where he was being detained.
A Federal High Court in Lagos had last year found the former governor guilty of corruption and sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment.
However, the Supreme Court today made null his conviction, stating that the Lagos High Court acted out of jurisdiction, and therefore cleared all charges against Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.
Justice Amina Augie, who was head of the 7 men panel of judges, stated that the then Justice Liman who presided over the case lacked the power to pass verdict on the case.
Reacting on his release, Kalu said “the apex court of our dear country has affirmed my right to fair hearing and equal protection of the law.”
In a statement issued shortly after the judgement was delivered, Kalu said his case was a story of initial injustice that was caught and ultimately corrected, a story of restoration, and of how a wrong was righted and how justice and truth prevailed in the end.