The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the release of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu by the Supreme Court, says it is ready to commence the retrial of former Governor Orji Kalu immediately.
The EFCC Spokesman, Dele Oyewale, said in a statement on Friday, which reacts to the judgment by the Supreme Court.
“The apex court based its verdict on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and returned to the lower court to deliver the judgment which it considered as illegal.
“The EFCC considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate. It is a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor. The commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming.
“The corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them.
The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.” The statement reads.