The Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed an objection filed by former Abia State Governor, Orji Ozor Kalu, challenging the competence of the first prosecution witness to testify in the money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The commission re-arraigned Kalu, Udeh Udeogu and Slok Nigeria Limited at the Federal High Court in Lagos on 34 count- charge of laundering N3.2billion, to which they pleaded not guilty.
Defence counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Chief Solo Akuma (SAN) argued that the statement of the first witness, a banker, Mr. Onovoe Oghenovo, was not frontloaded.
Justice Mohammed Idris overruled the objection.
He agreed with the prosecution that the witness having been subpoenaed should be allowed to testify whether his statement was frontloaded or not.
The judge, however, directed the prosecution to serve the defence with the statements of other witnesses.