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Orji Kalu’s trial: A harvest of objections

Former Governor of Abia State, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu

RAMON OLADIMEJI, in this piece, examines how raising of objections to admissibility of exhibits and competence of witnesses has begun to cause delay in criminal trials despite the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act

The 10-year-old trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, for an alleged fraud of N2.9bn has become a byword for everything that used to be wrong with the Nigerian system of criminal justice administration.

Kalu’s case readily jumps to mind whenever one recalls the Dark Age in the Nigerian legal system when accused persons used to file preliminary objections to challenge the competence of the charges filed against them and the jurisdiction of the court to hear their cases.

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