The former Governor of Abia state was found guilty of fraud by a federal High court in Lagos on Thursday.

The judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, said Mr Kalu was guilty of the charges. After the conviction, Mr Kalu’s lawyers pleaded with the court for a favourable sentence.

Mr Kalu, now a senator representing Abia state, has been facing trial for over a decade after he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly carting away billions of naira while he was Abia State governor.

Mr Kalu 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 Kalu’s tenure as governor.

The judge concluded the trial in August.

On October 22, both the prosecution and defence counsel adopted their written submissions before the court.

The judge then reserved judgement to be delivered today, December 5.