The house of senate as announced that the convicted chief whip, Orji Kalu will continue to receive all allowances and salaries entitled to him as a senator.
The senate made this known via a statement released by Godiya Akwashiki, the senate spokesman adding that there is no provision in the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court should be declared vacant.
In his statement, he said :
“He is still a senator. This is the first court. The matter is going to Supreme Court so, he still has the opportunity to appeal up to the Supreme Court level.
“Of course they will pay him. Because he is a sitting senator just like I said…if you file for appeal, you are still serving and so they will pay you.
“All his entitlements will be paid. There is no cause for alarm. In fact, even if Court of Appeal says they have upheld the judgement of the lower court, he still has the right to go to Supreme Court. So once the Supreme Court says, yes, the judgement is okay, then that’s the final,” he explained.
Recall that orji Kalu was sentenced to 12years in jail after been found guilty of N7. 65bn naira fraud.