Kalu, former governor of Abia state, is facing trial over allegations of fraud.
His lawyer, Awa Kalu, told Justice Idris that his client was in Germany for a surgical operation A former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was said to have gone to Germany for surgery has been asked to appear before the Federal High Court in Lagos state over allegations of fraud to the tune of N7.65 billion.
Channel TV reports that the High Court judge, Justice Mohammed Idris gave the order on Monday, November 5, at the resumed hearing in the case in Lagos.
Kalu’s lawyer, Professor Awa Kalu (SAN), informed Justice Idris his client was away in Germany for a surgical operation.
The defence counsel told the court that the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), was aware of the development and urged Justice Idris to further adjourn the case.
EFCC prosecutor, Jacobs, who expressed surprise at Kalu’s absence from court said he did not know if or when the ex-governor obtained the court’s permission to travel out.
Jacobs maintained that Kalu who submitted his passport to the court as part of his bail conditions, must always apply to the court for the passport whenever he wished to travel.
Describing the ex-governor’s absence from court as an attempt to frustrate the case, Jacobs urged Justice Idris to interpret Kalu’s absence to mean that he had jumped bail.
The defence counsel on the other hand, urged Justice Idris to discountenance Jacob’s argument, saying as of when Kalu travelled out, the court had adjourned the case sine die (indefinitely)
The judge also noted that the court received a mail confirming Kalu’s treatment arrangement, but he said the defence counsel failed to attach any medical report to guide the court as to Kalu’s post-surgery treatment.
Justice Idris said in the circumstance, he would, in the interest of justice, adjourn the case for the last time, stressing that Kalu must return from Germany within seven days and appear before the court.
The matter was adjourned till November 12, 2018, for the continuation of the trial. former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, went to Germany for surgery even though he was among the 50 high-profile Nigerians barred by the federal government from travelling out of the country. Kalu’s media aide, Kunle Oyewunmi, said the former governor and his wife, Ifunanya left Nigeria on Monday, November 1.
Kalu went for “a major surgery” to address “an undisclosed and life-threatening ailment.”
Oyewunmi said Kalu was rushed in an ambulance to Helios Klinik, Wiesbaden, Germany and was immediately wheeled into the surgical theatre.