EFCC Accuses Orji Kalu Of Jumping Bail


Former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Kalu was last Monday accused of jumping bail after hearing in a case of alleged fraud of N7.65billion was stalled last Monday due to the absence of the ex-governor in the court.
Kalu’s lawyer, Prof Awa Kalu (SAN) told Justice Mohammed Idris at the Federal High Court in Lagos that his client was away in Germany for a surgical operation.
He noted that the ex-governor had been advised by his doctors to remain in Germany for some time to recuperate.
The defence counsel called for adjournment of the case, stating that the prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) was aware of the development.
But Jacobs expressed surprise at Kalu’s absence from court, denying any prior information of when the ex-governor obtained the court’s permission to travel out of the country.
Describing the ex-governor’s absence from court as an attempt to frustrate the case, Jacob urged Justice Idris to interpret Kalu’s absence to mean that he had jumped bail.
“I am not aware when the 1st defendant wanted to travel. We only got to know that the 1st defendant travelled abroad for medical treatment through a statement by his media aide, one Kunle Oyewunmi.
“Things must be done in accordance with the law. In my own view, what happened is that the 1st defendant has jumped bail. This is an attempt to further frustrate this trial because no application was made to the court to travel.