Nigeria

Senator Orji Kalu released from prison

Nigerian senator who was jailed for allegedly stealing public funds, Orji Kalu, has been released from custody.

Kalu, a former Abia State governor, was freed from the Nigerian correctional facility in Kuje, Abuja, on Friday morning, two sources familiar with the development said.

He has now moved to his residence off Queen Amina Street within the perimeter of Aso Rock Presidential Villa, sources said. The sources spoke under anonymity because they were close to Orji and did not get immediate permission from him to disclose his release to the press.

Kalu’s release came moments after the Supreme Court voided his conviction in December 2019 in a multi-billion naira corruption trial.

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Mr Kalu had been accused of pilfering and mismanaging funds belonging to Abia State during his days as governor between 1999 and 2007. He pleaded not guilty and appealed his conviction by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court deemed Kalu’s conviction inappropriate and ordered a retrial of the case, according to multiple media reports out of the court.

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