The former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has returned to court to secure his release from prison with the authorities refusing to set him free after the Supreme Court Judgment that pronounced his trial a nullity.
It has been reported that the former Governor in a bid to secure his release has hired the services of 12 lawyers, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs).
Dr. Orji is currently serving a 12-year jail term at the Kuje Correctional Centre, after his co-defendant in a case of looting of N7.65billion belonging to the Abia State Government has been released.
He has filed a motion on notice against the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking to set aside his trial and conviction of last December 5.
His 12-man team of lawyers include: Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN; Awa U. Kalu SAN; Chris Uche SAN; Dr. U. Olatoke, SAN; Chef H.O Alolabi, SAN; Sylvester Elema SAN; Ikoro N. A. Ikoro; Omosanya Popoola; C. Obidike; Nnamdi Awa Kalu; Vivien Udora and A S. Amire.
In the motion dated May 12, 2020, he argued that no legal basis exists for his continued incarceration because the Supreme Court on May 8 pronounced his trial a nullity and freed his co-defendant Jones Udeogu.