Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

For Orji Kalu, after the judgment, comes the trial

In the affairs of men, there is always the moment of truth; when dawn breaks and the vaunting of self becomes nothing.

Last Friday was one of such moments for a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, as he lost his bid to free himself from prosecution as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, leave to prosecute him.

For the past nine years, Orji Kalu had tried to evade the long arm of the law by judicial theatrics and it seems he was going to get away with it until three justices of the court, burst his bubble.

According to the justices, Kalu has to answer the 97-count charge bordering on corruption while in office. For most Abians, it was about time that their former governor gets his full comeuppance for squandering their patrimony on his personal estate.

However, his supporters believe that the law is an ass and their principal will ride roughshod over it as he has always done.

Has the law caught up with this business mogul politician given his immense reach? The coming days will certainly be interesting.


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