The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned the former governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu and two others on Tuesday on a 34-count charge bordering on fraud.
Kalu, his company, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former aide, Mr Jones Udeogo, were re-arraigned after their plea that the court should await the pending appeal by Slok before the Supreme Court failed.
Trial judge, Justice Anwuri Chikere refused the defendants’ objection to their arraignment and ordered that the charge be read to them.
Kalu and others were, in the amended charge, accused of diverting about N3.2bn from the Abia government’s treasury during Kalu’s tenure as governor.
They all pleaded not guilty charges and Chikere allowed them on bail on the terms attached to the bail granted them on April 30, 2008.
They had, eight years earlier been arraigned before Justice Adamu Bello who is now retired.
The court adjourned the case till December 6 for commencement of trial.