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Orji Kalu begs prison warders: “Don’t handcuff me, I will follow you”

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Rayyan Alhassanhttps://dailynigerian.com/author/rayyan/
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, has begged prison warders not to handcuff him.

According to The Nation report, Mr Kalu, who is the Senate’s Chief Whip smiled at reporters and said, “2023, here we com” as he was led out of the courtroom by Correctional Services officials after his sentencing.

He was also heard asking prison warders, “where are you taking us to? Where are you taking us to now? Please don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.”

A short while earlier, Mr Kalu wiped tears from his eyes with a white handkerchief as Justice Mohammed Idris began reading an abridged version of the 228-page judgment.

Mr Kalu’s associate, Udeogu, was sentenced to 10 years in prison while the company which was used in perpetrating the fraud, Slok Limited, was ordered to be wound up by Justice Idris Mohammed.

The case began in 2007, 12 years ago, when they were first arraigned for the offences, but before a different judge.

In an amended 39 counts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, proved that they conspired and divert N7.65bn from the coffers of the Abia State.

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