Court refuses to move Orji Kalu’s trial to Lagos

The Federal High Court in Abuja has denied a motion to move Senator Orji Kalu’s trial from the high court in Abuja to the Lagos division.

In accordance with an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal that Lagos was the proper forum for the trial of the case, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had applied to the court that the N7.1billion money laundering charge against Kalu and two other individuals be transferred to the Lagos division of the court.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, who rendered a decision on the application on Friday, July 22, denied it on the grounds that, in accordance with Section 98 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, only the court’s Chief Judge has the authority to transfer such a case.

Ekwo held that the prosecution had twice written the Chief Judge, requesting for the transfer and which request the Chief Judge declined.

He noted that the prosecution ought to abide by the decision of the court’s Chief Judge or in the alternative, the prosecution was at liberty to return to the Supreme Court to seek a review of its earlier order directing that the case be re-heard by the Federal High Court.

The judge who said that granting the request to transfer the case to Lagos would breach the provision of Section 235 of the 1999 Constitution and amount to a challenge of the finality and supremacy of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Ekwo concluded by saying that EFCC’s application was an abuse of court process. He then ordered lawyer to the prosecution, Rotomi Jacobs to show cause within seven days why he should not be disqualified from further prosecuting the case.

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