A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed the 20th of September, this year, for judgment in a suit by a former governor of Abia state and Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu.
The court fixed the date after Counsels in the suit adopted their briefs of arguments in the matter.
Senator Kalu wants an order of the court prohibiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from retrying him on same alleged money laundering charges for which he has been tried, convicted and sentenced by justice M.B.(full name) Idris of the Lagos Division of the court.
While adopting his briefs of argument in the matter, the counsel to Senator Kalu, Professor Awa Kalu, said there was no disagreement to the effect that the former governor stood trial for 12 years and spent over five months at a custodial center.
Professor Kalu further argued that the application was anchored on the grounds that he (Kalu) was tried, convicted and the Supreme Court nullified the entire process.
In his own submission, counsel to the EFCC, Chief Rotimi Jacobs, asked the court to dismiss the application of the former governor on the grounds that it was an abuse of court process, which the court should not tolerate.
After listening to the submissions of the parties, the trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo contended that it would amount to double jeopardy if Senator Kalu was subjected to a fresh trial on same charge and adjourned until the 20th of September 20, this year, for judgment.
Ifeoma Nwovu and Dan