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Orji Uzor Kalu returns to Senate as ‘chief whip’ after six months in prison

Former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu has returned to his position as the chief whip of the Nigerian Senate after spending six months in the facility of the Nigerian Correctional Centre.

“I want to welcome back our one and only chief whip of the senate and indeed the national assembly. Chief whip you are welcome, we are very grateful to the Almighty God for his blessings,” Senate president Ahmad Lawan said during Tuesday’s plenary.

Kalu is attending his first plenary as a Senator after he was released from prison.

The federal high court in Lagos in December 2019 sentenced Kalu in 12years imprisonment after being found guilty on all the 39-count charges brought against him.

He was convicted of N7.65billion fraud perpetuated when he was Abia State governor between 1999 and 2007.

Kalu was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former Abia State director of finance, Ude Udeogu.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of all assets of his company to the federal government.

Justice Mohammed Idris, who delivered the sentence, had earlier declared him guilty of the charge in the case that had been on for 12 years.

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