"Orji Kalu Will Receive Full Salaries, Allowances In Prison" – Senate Spokesperson, Godiya

8 months ago by: onuigbo felicia
-- Online (f) at 9-12-2019 07:54AM

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The convicted Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, will continue to receive his salaries and all other entitlements while in prison, the Senate has said.

This is despite that he will not be performing any legislative function from prison. The spokesperson of the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, disclosed this on Sunday.

He said despite the conviction, Mr Kalu remains a sitting senator and will be paid all of his entitlements in full.

He said until the case gets to Surpeme Court and a final judgement is given, Mr Kalu remains a serving lawmaker.

“He is still a senator. This is the first court. The matter is going to Supreme Court so, he still has the opportunity to appeal up to the Supreme Court level.

“Of course they will pay him. Because he is a sitting senator just like I said…if you file for appeal, you are still serving and so they will pay you.

“All his entitlements will be paid. There is no cause for alarm. In fact, even if Court of Appeal says they have upheld the judgement of the lower court, he still has the right to go to Supreme Court. So once the Supreme Court says, yes, the judgement is okay, then that’s the final,” he explained.

Earlier, Mr Akwashiki said Mr Kalu’s seat will not be declared vacant.

He explained that no provision in the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court should be declared vacant.

Mr Kalu’s seat will not be declared vacant except he (Mr Kalu) has explored all the legal options available to him without success, he said.

“Even the tenure of a former governor Joshua Dariye, who has been in prison for some time now, ran its course until the end of the 8th National Assembly. Nobody declared his seat vacant.”
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced Mr Kalu to 12 years in prison after convicting him of N7.65 billion fraud.

Mr Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, was pronounced guilty of the charge in a trial that lasted for 12 years.

The conviction comes 12 years after the ex-governor was first arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007 and was tried alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Mr Kalu’s tenure as governor.

-- Henrybobo Online (m) at 9-12-2019 08:32AM
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Wat a country
-- olowoinlionsden Online (m) at 9-12-2019 09:40AM
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The NASS is an Ass. A prisoner does some manual labour in prison, that's is compulsory to fulfil the correctional punishment that is due for any prisoner. A Senator sits in the Assembly to help make laws, and to make some other moves that will lead to the enhancement of the community that he is representing in that Assembly. As at now, no matter how short, Orji Kalu remains a prisoner. Only people with obtuse brain will equate what Orji is doing now in prison as equivalent to serving his Community. These our Law Benders are only concerned about their pleasure and not our benefit..
-- scottchris (m) at 9-12-2019 09:58AM
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Nigeria is a waste of time, space, and people.....

-- jahlovesme (m) at 9-12-2019 10:17AM
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-- Slimchery (m) at 9-12-2019 12:38PM
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This is how dead Nigeria has become, just imagine somebody charge with fraud that suppose to loses all his properties will still be receiving salary hmmmm, time for Nigerians to wake up, RevolutionNowOrNever
-- nikiniki Online (f) at 9-12-2019 01:46PM
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I dont blame the Senators! You, Nigerians voted these animals to the senate. They travel to western countries always and they know the functions of a senator. How can anyone represent his people at the senate from the prison? Is the position about the money being earned or about service? I mean, its time to get Nigerians sensitized and adopt american way of democracy where people chose their leaders at the primaries!
-- Brave5500 (m) at 9-12-2019 01:49PM
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See country wat a dead nation...
-- dopygenius Online (m) at 9-12-2019 03:01PM
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Then what's the meaning of keeping the idiot in prison? Useless Mudaphyukin fake ass country
-- Patode (m) at 9-12-2019 04:45PM
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Let's not be too emotional about this. Anybody who has an intricate knowledge of the Senate rules, should please enlighten us on the matter.