Justice Mohammed Idris on Wednesday adjourned on the trial of former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu indefinitely, said the Court of Appeal President Zainab Bulkachuwa did not give him a fiat to continue the case.
The judge said that while he was given a fiat to conclude the cases of former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja and former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ex-aide Dr Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, he was not given such authorisation in Kalu’s case.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had re-arraigned Kalu for allegedly laundering N7.65 billion state funds.
Addressing parties, Justice Idris said:
“This matter was listed on Wednesday because it was adjourned till today for defence.
“What has happened is that the last fiat that was issued by the President of the Court of Appeal expired at the end of November 2018.
“On the 10th of January, 2019, I received fresh fiat in respect of some matters that I have started and some new matters but this particular case was not mentioned.
“For this reason, I have a strong feeling that I shouldn’t continue with proceedings in this case unless there is a further directive from the President of the Court of Appeal. I should not proceed further; otherwise I might be acting without authority.
“In the circumstance, I am of the view that further proceedings shouldn’t go on until I receive further information by way of fresh fiat from the Court of Appeal President. As soon as I receive further instruction, hearing notice will be sent to counsel.”