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.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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