Orji Kalu asked for post-conviction bail over his failing health

Ex-governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on Tuesday, asked a federal high court sitting in Lagos to grant him bail over his ill health.

Orji Uzor Kalu had filed an application for bail pending the hearing of an appeal suit challenging his conviction.

Orji Kalu said that he is battling serious health challenges that cannot be handled in the prison. But the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), which prosecuted Kalu on the corruption charges, has opposed the application.

The anti-graft agency argued that bail is for accused persons on the presumption of being innocent, but since the former Governor has been convicted, he can no longer enjoy such privilege.

The presiding judge, named Mohammed Liman, has adjourned till 23rd, December 2019 for ruling on the bail application. Kalu was sentenced to 12 years in jail over N7.16 billion fraud by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on December 5.

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