A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor-Kalu, has hired 12 Lawyers, including 6 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, to secure his release from prison, after his recent Supreme Court judgement nullifying his conviction by a Lower Court.
Uzor-Kalu is serving a 12-year jail term at the Kuje Custodial Centre, Abuja, for looting N7.65 billion, belonging to the Abia State Government.
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 December 5, 2019.
His 12-man team of Lawyers are as follows: 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, 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.