A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday, sentenced a serving senator and ex-governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, to 12 years in prison for N7.65 billion fraud.
Justice Mohammed Idris, who delivered the sentence, had earlier declared him guilty of the charge in the case that had been on for 12 years.
Kalu was tried alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.
In an amended 39-count charge, they were accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of conspiring and diverting over N7 billion from the coffers of the state.
The court found him and his co-defendants guilty of the entire 39 counts filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The court also ordered the winding up of Kalu’s company charged as third defendant in the case.