A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday revoked bail granted in 2007 to a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, who is facing N7.65bn fraud charges.
The presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Idris revoked Kalu’s bail for the failure of the ex-governor to appear in court for his trial.
Kalu’s lawyer, Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN) had last week told the court that his client had gone abroad for surgery.
But the prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) denied knowledge of Kalu obtaining the court’s permission before travelling to Germany despite the fact that he had deposited his passport in court’s custody.
The prosecuting Counsel urged Justice Idris to declare that Kalu had jumped bail and absconded.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Idris ordered Kalu to return to Nigeria within seven days and make himself available for his trial on Monday.
However, Kalu failed to appear against the order of the court.
Consequently, Justice Idris, in his ruling, revoked his bail and ordered him to submit himself to the EFCC within 24 hours of his return to the country from Germany.
The judge ordered the EFCC to arrest and detain the ex-governor if he fails to yield himself to the anti-graft agency within 24 hours of his return.