Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who is a prominent member of All Progressive Congress (APC) and a former governor of Abia state has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty of N7.65bn fraud.
The 12-year sentence is the highest among the 39 counts convicting the defendants, the lowest sentence being three years.
Mr Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Ltd was ordered to be forfeited to the federal government.
The court found the second convict, his former commissioner of Finance Jonnes Udeogo guilty of 34 counts.
He will be joining Joshua Dariye in prison.
‘Please, don’t handcuff me. I will follow you’
A few minutes after the judgement was passed on him, the former Abia State governor asked Prison warders, “Where are you taking us to now? And told them not to handcuff him, “Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you,” he said.
He had just been convicted for a N7.1 billion fraud by Mohammad Idris, the presiding judge, who also ordered that Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited, be liquidated and its assets forfeited to the federal government.
Kalu stood trial on a 39-count charge brought against him by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency.
The senator, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, a former director of finance and accounts in Abia were accused of diverting N7.65 billion from the purse of the state government for private use.
Kalu is a federal lawmaker representing Abia-North at the National Assembly.
He had polled polled 31,203 votes to defeat Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and an incumbent senator who scored 20,801 votes at the last General Elections.