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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has thrown out the conviction of Ex-Abia state Governor Orji Uzor-Kalu which would have seen him spending 12 years in jail.

The Highest court, in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of justices led by Justice Amina Augie, on Friday concluded that the Federal High Court in Lagos did not have the jurisdiction to convict Kalu, his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.

The court held that trial judge, Justice Mohammed Liman, was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court as at the time he sat and delivered the judgment that convicted the defendants for allegedly stealing about N7.1bn from Abia State treasury.

According to the Supreme Court, Justice Liman, having been elevated to the Court of Appeal before then, lacked the powers to return to sit as a High Court judge.

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