👤 By Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have sealed off one of Uzor Kalu’s properties, following his conviction at the Court.
The Senator, who was sentenced to 12-years in prison, plans to appeal the judgement, and will continue to receive salaries from the National Assembly.
According to the spokesperson of the 9th Senate, Senator Godiya Akwashiki the Senator Kalu, who was convicted and sentenced over a 7.2 billion fraud at the Federal High Court in Lagos, will be allowed to appeal the ruling and his seat will not be declared vacant.
“The Senate has no reason to declare his seat vacant. This is not the first time that such a thing would happen,” Senator Akwashiki said.
He explained 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. “He still has the opportunity to appeal the case.”
But, the EFCC led by Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has now sealed off the Sun Newspaper, one of Senator Kalu’s business properties.
The papers management who confirmed the visit from “three officials” of the anti-graft agencies said “the EFCC officials, who came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.” They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely.”
A statement from the Commission states that “the marking is to ensure that the properties are not dissipated, following the December 5, 2019 order of Justice Muhammed Idris sitting at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos that Kalu’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited, be wound up and all assets forfeited to the Federal Government.’’