Kalu seeks bail to see ‘herbalist’


Convicted former Abia State Governor Orji Kalu, on Tuesday prayed the Federal High Court in Lagos to grant him bail in order to see herbalist with the view to find cure for his alleged sickness and attend senate plenary.

Kalu is serving a 12-year imprisonment for N7.65billion fraud and money laundering.

The Senate Chief Whip, who argued through his counsel, Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) also asked to be granted bail pending the hearing of his appeal of his conviction.

Faulting the application, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission counsel, Mr RotimI Jacobs (SAN), said the request was out of line and has not place in the constitution.

Jacobs said: “Although bail is generally a right of an accused as guaranteed by the constitution, it is not a right available to a convict because the presumption of innocence had crystslised into guilt and conviction.”

Continued: “He (Kalu) says he needs his herbalist to treat him, but he has not said that his herbalist came to the prison and was not allowed to see him.

Justice Mohammad Liman adjourned the case till December 23 for ruling on the bail application.



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