The Supreme Court has on Friday nullified the conviction of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to a 12-year imprisonment.

In a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by Justice Amina Augie, the court held that the Federal High Court in Lagos gave the judgement without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu. The former Abia State Governor was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.

The apex court held that the judge who convicted Kalu, Justice Mohammed Liman was not a judge of the High Court again when he passed the judgement.

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The Supreme Court held that Justice Liman, who had been upgraded to the Appeal Court at the time lacked the power to make a judgement in the High Court.

The Supreme Court held that Justice Liman, who had been upgraded to the Appeal Court at the time lacked the power to make a judgement in the High Court.