Sometime last year, precisely 24thApril 2019, The former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu together with the Ex-director of finance and account of the state, Ude Udeogu, were convicted for the theft of public fund allegedly charged against them by the Federal Government.
Based on the gravity of the crime, Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal high court in Lagos sentenced the Governor to 12years imprisonment while Ude was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Today being the 8thof May 2020, The supreme court of Nigeria has revoked the judgment.
This decision came after Justice Ejembi Eko delivered the appeal filed by the appellants to the supreme court in disagreement with the verdict placed on them
According to Justice Ejembi, As at the time that justice Mohammed Idris delivered the verdict, he was already a justice of the court of appeal and according to the law “A justice of the court of the appeal cannot operate as a judge of the federal high court”.
In reaction to that, The supreme court unitedly pronounced the judgment “null and void”,enjoining the chief judge of the federal high court to reassign for a fresh trial of the case.