OrderPaperToday – A Federal High Court in Lagos today sentenced the chief whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, to 12 years in prison.
On hearing the judgment, the lawmaker broke down in tears.
In a ruling delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, Kalu was found guilty of 39 counts of N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering.
Jones Udeogo, the state commissioner for finance during Kalu’s tenure as governor, was found guilty of 34 counts and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Furthermore, the court ordered that Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited should be wound up and its assets forfeited to the Federal Government.
The Senate chief whip was spotted wiping tears from his eyes as Justice Mohammed Idris began reading his judgement and later begged prison warders not to handcuff him.
“Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me, I will follow you,” the former governor pleaded.