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Orji Kalu back home

Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday evening, returned home from custody.

Dr. Kalu was freed from the Kuje Correctional Centre at about 7:30pm.

His release was ordered, on Tuesday, by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos State.

The judge also set aside the fraud trial and the 12 years conviction of the former Abia State governor.

The judgment in the N7.65 billion fraud case involving Abia State fund was delivered on December 5, last year.

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Convicted along with Dr. Kalu were former Abia State Government House Director of Finance, Ude Udeogu and Kalu’s firm, Slok.

But on May 8, the Supreme Court in an appeal by Udeogu, quashed the judgment and ordered a trial of the case afresh because Justice Muhammed Idris, who delivered the verdict no longer had jurisdiction having been elected to the Court of Appeal.

On the strength of that judgment, Kalu asked the court to free him. This was granted.