Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence, Abuja.
‘The Nigeria Daily’ gathered that Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonna Onu; Hon. Nkiru Onyeojecha, and Chief George Muoghalu were part of the early callers.
Ahmed Lawan and senate principal officers arrived at the Aso-Villa residence at about 7 pm after which they proceeded to a private meeting with Orji Uzor Kalu.
Kalu who was Lawan’s classmate at the University of Maiduguri was released yesterday from Kuje Correctional Centre following the judgment of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday which granted a motion seeking his release from the Kuje correctional custody.
Among the federal lawmakers in the delegation were: Ovie Omo-Agege, Senate Deputy President; Abdullahi Yahaya, senate leader; Ajayi Borrofice, deputy senate leader; Sabi Abdullahi, deputy whip; Philip Aduda, minority whip and Sahabi Ya’u, deputy minority whip. Senator Chuka Utazi , Enugu North.
The Nigeria Daily recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion, and they were jailed in December.
On May 8, the supreme court nullified the trial of Kalu’s co-conviction.
The apex court held that Mohammed Idris, the trial judge who had been elevated to the court of appeal at the time of the case, ought not to have presided over the matter while he was an appeal court judge.