Stealing $19.6m! Politician Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison
Dec. 06, 2019
Prominent Nigerian senator Orji Uzor Kalu has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of 39 fraud charges amounting to $19.6m (£14.9m).
"Please don't handcuff me, I will follow you," said Kalu.
He was accused, along with a company he controlled and another individual, of diverting state money while he was the governor of the south-eastern Abia state between 1999 and 2007.
The charges were brought by the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the case began in 2007.
Orji Uzor Kalu is a member of President Muhammadu Buhari's All Progressives Congress and a chief whip in the federal parliament's upper house.He has a role to play in the national politics of 2023. This was done with a smile at reporters and said, ‘2023, here we come’ as he was led out of the courtroom by Correctional Services officials after his sentencing.