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July 14, 2005

You cannot try me over foreign account, Gov Kalu tells Code of Conduct Tribunal

The Abia State Governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that he could not be tried for allegedly operating a foreign account because of the immunity he enjoyed as a governor under the 1999 constitution.

By Ruby Rabiu

The Oyo State governor, Chief Rasheed Ladoja whose case was briefly mentioned told the tribunal that he has closed the foreign account in dispute.

The Abia State governor had told the tribunal that the foreign account in question belonged to a company called Slok; he also asked the tribunal to dismiss the summons issued against him as it lacked jurisdiction to hear it.

He said that the summons were in contension with section 308 (1) of 1999 constitution adding that they were not filed in accordance with due process neither did it disclose a prima facie case against him.
In an affidavit sworn to by his counsel Mr. Jude Onwuharaonye, it stated that the tribunal did not conduct any investigation to confirm in whose name the account was opened neither did they care to know if the governor is a signatory to the account, since the accounts belong to Sloks, where he used to be chief executive.

The affidavit added that the governor had written to the code of conduct Bureau to inform them that he was no longer a signatory to the account when he was re-elected for his second term in office.
In another development, the tribunal ruled on an application by Chief Ighoyota Amori, the political adviser to the Delta state Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori.

The tribunal had dismissed the objection by Amori that he was not a public officer and therefore could not be tried by the tribunal.
Professor Oluyele of the tribunal said by virtue of section 318 of the 1999 constitution Amori should be listed as a public officer.


Posted by Publisher at July 14, 2005 10:49 AM

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