By Ekele Peter Agbo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been accused of compromise over its failure to prosecute former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.A group, South East Equity Front (SEEF) alleged that despite court rulings that the former governor should face prosecution, the anti-graft body had failed to arraign Kalu after his last appearance in court over two years ago.
A statement by the leader of the group, Anayo Okafor, noted thaT the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had given the EFCC leave to prosecute Orji Kalu, yet the commission had continued to play hide and seek over the matter.
According to Okafor, three justices of the court, Ejembi Eko, Kayode Bada and Regina Nwodo had in a unanimous ruling dismissed the appeal filed by Mr. Kalu against an earlier ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“The high court had ruled that Mr. Kalu had a case to answer in the 97-count charge bordering on corruption while in office filed against him by the EFCC. It will do well for the EFCC to rise to the occasion and obey the ruling of the Court of Appeal and expeditiously bring Orji Kalu to justice for his grand larceny of the Abia patrimony.
“If the Larmode-led EFCC is incapable of discharging this task, it is expedient that he resigns his chairmanship of the commission so that the president can appoint the individual to can handle such a matter as that of Orji Uzor Kalu and his fellow travellers on the matter of corruption,” it noted.
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