The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that former Abia state governor, Orji Kalu “will be prosecuted all over again.”
The Chairman of the commission, Abdularasheed Bawa made the disclosure on Thursday while speaking at a press conference covered in Abuja as part of his 100 days performance assessment in office.
Recall that Kalu was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud while governor of his state but was released after the Supreme Court overturned the judgment on grounds of technicalities.
However, the EFCC has since sought to re-open the case and begin trial again.
Kalu had spent just 6 months in jail before regaining freedom. He maintains his position as the Chief Whip of the Senate.
Addressing journalists during the weekly ministerial chat at the State House, Bawa said despite the threats to his life, he was ready to prosecute the many pending cases under trial.
He disclosed that the EFCC is set to file 800 new corruption cases in court, all of which the chairman said are public corruption and cybercrime cases.
The cases were delayed largely because of the strike by judiciary workers who shut down courts in Nigeria for over two months and only recently suspended the strike, the anti-graft boss revealed.
Giving an overview, Bawa also stated that the EFCC facilitated the prosecution of former Bank PHB Managing Director, Francis Atuche, who was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for stealing N27 billion.
“This case was instituted on October 16, 2009, but judgment was only given yesterday. But we are determined to continue prosecuting no matter how long it takes,” he said.
Bawa further clarified that his comment about a minister involved in real estate fraud on Tuesday was made in reference to Diezani Madueke.