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Orji Kalu's assets forfeited by Court Order

July 24, 2007

A Federal High Court judge, Anuri Chikere issued an order of interim forfeiture against known assets of the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu who is currently undergoing trial for corruption.

The assets to be forfeited include all the businesses known as "SLOK" as well as The Sun newspapers who account was frozen by the EFCC on Friday last week.

Orji Kalu will be the fourth former governor to be slammed with a "forfeiture order" by a federal high court judge. Others in this category include, Ayo Fayose (former governor of Ekiti State),  Chimaroke Nnamani (formerly of Enugu State), DSP Alamieyeseigha (formerly of Bayelsa State), all the former governors are currently in EFCC's custody undergoing trial for corruption, except Ayo Fayose who is on the run from the EFCC.

Meanwhile, the former governor of Enugu State may be arraigned before Justice Peter Olayiwola tomorrow in Lagos. Nnamani was flown from the National Hospital Abuja to Lagos yesterday to face trial for corruption. He could not be arraigned because he objected to the judge to whom the case was initially assigned.

A reliable source told Saharareporters that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Roseline Ukeje who is a close associate of Nnamani had intervened to help Nnamani get out of what is feared to be the determination by Justice Shuiabu to return Nnamani to prison custody, if he had appeared before Shuiabu. With the new judge, Chimaroke Nnamani is expected to be granted bail after he is charged for money laundering and corruption.
Chief Justice Roseline Ukeje is an expert in fixing court judgments and thwarting judicial matters for a good fee. Just last spring, she intervened on behalf of Andy Uba to frustrate a court case involving his certificate scandal by terminating the case prematurely from Justice Anuri Chikere who had set the case for hearing. It happened that Andy Uba was bankrolling Justice Ukeje's daugher-Nnena Ijeoma Elendu Ukeje- elections to the Federal House of Representative where she is currently representing Bende constituency of Abia State.

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