Jafaar Ahmed, Comptroller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, has said the Supreme Court has not send any order for the release of Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State.
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Kalu had reportedly been set free by a Supreme Court ruling which said Justice Mohammed Idris who convicted him had been promoted to the Appeal Court.
However, a new report says Kalu is not affected by the ruling as only Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account at the Abia government house, filed an appeal and he was only listed as a respondent in the appeal.
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The apex court, in a unanimous verdict on the appeal delivered by Ejembi Eko, declared that the conviction of the appellant was null and void.
Eko explained that the declaration was on the ground that Idris was already a judge of the court of appeal, as at the time he delivered the judgment sentencing the appellants.
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He held that a justice of the court of appeal could not operate as a judge of the federal high court. The apex court, therefore, ordered the chief judge of the federal high court to reassign the case for trial.