We have no court order to release Orji Kalu – NCoS

The Nigeria Correctional Service has said that it has not released a former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, from the Kuje custodial facility because it had not received a warrant for his release from the Supreme Court.

The NCoS spokesman, Chuks Njoku, said this in reaction to reports that Kalu had been released from custody where he had been held for five months.

Reports had indicated that the senator was released on Friday shortly after the Supreme Court voided his December conviction in a multi-billion naira corruption trial.

The lawmaker was said to have moved to his residence in Asokoro, Abuja, after he was discharged from custody by the NCoS.

But the NCoS spokesman, Chuks Njoku, confirmed to our correspondent on Saturday, that the service had not received the court judgment and the warrant for Kalu’s release from the custodial centre.

He said, “We have not received any paper; the order was just made on Friday and we have to get the warrant of release from the Supreme Court. So, may be by Monday we would get the paper, but we have no warrant to release him. The court pronouncement is not enough to release him.”

Njoku insisted that the senator would remain in custody, adding that “he would not be released until we get a warrant from the court.”

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court had last year found the former governor guilty of stealing N7.1bn and sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment.

But the Supreme Court in its judgment held that the trial court acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and former Director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu.