A former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has reportedly spoken about his condition in prison – Federal High Court in Lagos had sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment over N7.65 billion fraud – Kalu reportedly told his visitor how he was eating in prison A report by The Nation indicates that a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, narrated how he was being fed in the prison. Legit.ng had reported how the Senate chief whip was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over N7.65 billion fraud perpetrated while he held sway as Abia state governor. It would be recalled that Kalu became the governor of Abia state when he was not yet 40 and ruled the state for eight years between 1999 and 2007. According to the newspaper, Sentry gathered that the reality of his new condition did not dawn on Kalu until some of his associates began to visit him in the prison.
The former governor had asked the prison officials who led him out of the court after the judge pronounced his conviction: “Where are we going now?” It was gathered that a few days after he landed in prison, one of his business associates was said to have paid him a sympathy visit but was shocked at the pitiable picture cut by the former governor, who was said to be wearing a pair of bathroom slippers. “See me now eating in the prison,” a pensive Kalu reportedly told his visitor, who struggled to find the words that could console him. It was also learnt that an Kalu’s erstwhile colleague as governor, who spent some time in incarceration, also visited him. The report had it that the flamboyant ex-governor advised him to stay strong and regard his travails as another phase of life.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the president of the Court of Appeal, revealed how her court was able to avert delay that would have clogged proceedings in criminal cases including the recently concluded trial of Orji Kalu.