Eagles Forward Kalu Beats COVID-19, Resumes Bordeaux Training

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Samuel Kalu was part of the Nigerian side that won a bronze medal at the 2019 AFCON. Photo: [email protected] Girondins Bordeaux

 

 

Super Eagles forward, Samuel Kalu has recovered from COVID-19 and has resumed training with his French team, Girondins Bordeaux.

Kalu, 22, rejoined his teammates in training on Sunday after testing negative to the virus.

The Ligue 1 side tweeted a photo of the Nigerian winger to announce his return to full training.

On July 6, Kalu confirmed he had tested positive to the virus which has ravaged the world, including football.

 

 

Immediately he tested positive to COVID-19, he went on a compulsory 14-day self-isolation with his next test coming out negative.

 

 

 

The Nigerian’s return comes as the club continue their preparations for the 2020-21 season after a  4-2 defeat to Saint Etienne on Saturday.

 

File photo: Nigeria’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (L) and Nigeria’s forward Samuel Kalu (2nd-L) attend a training session in Alexandria, northern Egypt, on June 21, 2019, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Burundi. / AFP

 

Although he scored twice in 19 games for the French outfit, he is attracting a lot of interests from top teams in Europe and will be seeking for an improved performance this coming campaign.

Kalu played in Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) bronze-medal winning team and was taken to the hospital on the eve of the Eagles opening game in the competition after he slumped in training.

About two weeks ago, his compatriot, Paul Onuachu, had tested negative for coronavirus, after he was confirmed to have contracted the virus on July 8.

 

 

 

Lawan Leads Senate Delegation On Solidarity Visit To Kalu After Release From Kuje

 

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday led a delegation on solidarity visit to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, following the Chief Whip’s release from Kuje correctional facility. 

Senator Kalu was recently released from Kuje following the orders of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Kalu had been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after he was initially found guilty of conspiring and diverting N7.65bn from the Abia State coffers, during his time as governor.

The two-time governor and two others were found guilty of the N7.65billion fraud, in an amended 39 counts which was filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

However, after spending a few months behind bars, the lawmaker was set free by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Justice Mohammed Liman ordered Senator Kalu’s release on the 2nd of June 2020, after listening to an application filed by the former governor.

Senator Kalu, had urged the court to set aside his conviction on December 5, 2019, by Justice Mohammed Idris.

He explained that this became necessary since the Supreme Court, in its verdict delivered on May 8, 2020, held that Justice Idris gave the judgment without jurisdiction.

Justice Liman had on May 20 fixed Tuesday for the hearing of the application filed by Senator Kalu after the suit was assigned to him.

At the hearing of the application, Counsel to Senator Kalu, Lateef Fagbemi, asked Justice Liman to order the release of the former governor following the pronouncement of the Supreme Court.

According to him, the application was made pursuant to Section 159 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

On his part, Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs, did not oppose the application.

He noted that the case had dragged for over 13 years and it was better for the trial to proceed immediately so that parties would not lose more time.

The EFCC counsel also asked the court to ensure that the order of the Supreme Court for trial to start afresh be complied with, so that all parties could come before the court for a fresh arraignment and trial of the defendants.

In a summary judgment, Justice Liman held that Orji Kalu’s application seeking his freedom was meritorious.

He also ordered the EFCC to file its processes for a fresh arraignment of the defendants after which the date for trial would be communicated to all parties in the case.

Below are some photos from the solidarity visit as led by the Senate President.

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu (left); President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; and Deputy Whip, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi during a solidarity visit to the Chief Whip after his release from the Kuje correctional facility in Abuja.

 

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu (left); President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi when some Senators paid a solidarity visit to the Chief Whip after his release from the Kuje correctional facility in Abuja.

 

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (left) and President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan (Right) exchanging pleasantries during a solidarity visit to the former on Thursday night after his release from the Kuje correctional facility, Abuja.

 

Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (left) and President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, during a solidarity visit by some Senators to the Chief Whip after his release from the Kuje correctional facility on Thursday in Abuja.

Xenophobia: ‘Those Who Killed Nigerians In South Africa Must Pay’ – Kalu

A file photo of Senator Orji Kalu.

 

The Chief Whip of the Ninth Senate , Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has condemned the attacks meted out on Nigerian people in South Africa, calling on all Nigerians to stand firm and retaliate rather than waiting on the South Africans to fish out the perpetrators.

Kalu , a two – time Governor of Abia state in a statement issued by his Media Team on Tuesday said “the gruesome killings, looting, arson of properties belonging to Nigerians and attack of Nigerian Embassy in South Africa is ill-conceived , disheartening and wicked .

“How can any sensible person attack and burn a fellow human being just because he or she has a feeling to do so ? Those mindless criminals who attacked and prevented law abiding Nigerians to freely conduct their businesses must be made to pay for their crimes. Arresting them is not enough “ he decried.

READ ALSO: Xenophobia: Don’t Attack South African Businesses, Nigerian Govt Urges Citizens

Reports show that over 70 shops/businesses were destroyed, looted and burnt on Monday night in Malvern area of Johanesburg.

Kalu questioned the essence of the renewed attack on Nigerians adding that South Africans in Nigeria have always lived and conducted their businesses in peace .

According to him , “if the South African government do not do more to protect the lives of Nigerians , there should be no reason to allow them to operate freely in Nigeria. All their enterprises deserve to be closed down including MTN, DSTV,Shop-rite among others . In the spirit of brotherhood, we have supported them. Our doors have always been opened but it’s time we retaliate by shutting our doors.” he said

The Senate Chief Whip while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for dispatching a special envoy to the South African government urged the federal government to hasten their intervention and institute stiffer measures against South Africa over the endless xenophobic attacks.

He added that the federal government should no long be patient on invoking the United Nations (UN) law on hate and all forms of xenophobic attacks against South Africa so as to make its government take the issue seriously.

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Union South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, said on Monday that the attacks began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg when a building was set ablaze by an angry mob.

He said: “The mob also looted several shops that were around the vicinity suspected to be owned by foreign nationals.

“But the Police later dispersed the mob and made some arrest.

“Late in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 1, a group of violent locals suspected to be Zulu hostel dwellers besieged Jules Street in Malvern, Johannesburg looted and burned shops and businesses with Nigerians being the most victims”.

According to witnesses living on Jules Street, the Zulu hostel dwellers were very organised and well-coordinated in looting and burning of any shops/businesses suspected to be owned by foreign nationals.

NASS Leadership: I Am Still In The Race – Kalu

Orji Kalu Berates Governors Over Arbitrary Expenses

 

 

A leading contender in the race for the position of Deputy Senate President in the 9th Assembly, Dr. Orji Kalu, has debunked insinuations that he has withdrawn from the contest.

The Senator-elect representing Abia North Senatorial Zone, in a statement on Monday, made the clarification saying that he is still in the race contrary to speculations in some quarters that his party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has formally endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege after wide consultations with President Muhammdu Buhari and other stakeholders.

The National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Onilu, had on Monday morning issued a statement that the National Working Committee has formally adopted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the party’s candidate for the position of Deputy Senate President, however, Kalu, who had some days ago met behind closed doors with President Buhari disclosed that the President only adopted the candidacies of the duo of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively, while noting that anyone is free to contest for other principal positions.

In a statement issued by his media office on Monday and signed by Ken Cole, the former governor stressed that as a staunch supporter of President Buhari and a loyal and committed member of the APC, he (Kalu) would always abide by the decisions of the President and highly respected members of the National Working Committee (NWC).

He, however, said the speculation of the formal endorsement of Omo-Agege was the handiwork of selfish elements in the party who ware self-serving and desperate to cause disharmony among party stakeholders.

READ ALSO: APC National Working Committee Adopts Omo-Agege For Deputy Senate President

Kalu said, Ahead of tomorrows inauguration of the 9th national assembly and election of principal officers, politicians have started deploying different antics to satisfy their ambitions.

One of such is a statement credited to National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Onilu claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari and the NWC of the party have formally adopted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the partys candidate for the position of Deputy Senate President.

I hold the President in high esteem as well as the National Chairman of our great party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other members of the NWC and as such, I will not disobey any formal pronouncement by them.

However, I am still in the race to become Deputy Senate President because the President and the NWC have not adopted any candidate and as such the contest is open to all members of the party, who have the capability.

I have the political dexterity, leadership qualities, and goodwill to complement the efforts of the Senate President in actualizing the objectives of the legislature in support the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking Nigeria to greater heights.

Leadership positions in the 9th Senate should be given to people who have the will to support the agenda of the APC while not deviating from the ideals of democracy.

As I continue to mobilize support for the position of Deputy Senate President, I commend the President, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other stakeholders of the party for their support.

Come tomorrow by the special grace of God and to the admiration of APC members and Nigerians at large, I will emerge as Deputy Senate President in the 9th national assembly.

Kalu while appealing to the leadership of the APC to give a level playing ground for all contenders for the position of Deputy Senate President, who are APC members, maintained that he (Kalu) is still in the race except otherwise advised by the President or the party’s highest decision-making body.

Senate Leadership: I Will Run For Deputy Senate President, Even If APC Refuses – Kalu

 

Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has said that he will run for the position of Deputy Senate President regardless of what his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) decides.

This Orji Kalu said he will do in a bid to ensure that the Southeast is fully represented in all fairness.

“Let me be honest with you even if the party ask me not to run, I will run on the floor of the House, this is one position I have to run for because you cannot leave the Southeast alone, you can’t leave them behind,” Kalu argued.

The former Governor of Abia State who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said the 9th Assembly will standout and do that which is right for the Nigerian people.

READ ALSO: Buhari Cannot Approve State Policing By Fiat Falana

He further stressed that giving the Southeast a worthy position is in line with ensuring that the nation is ruled with equity.

“We are in the process of doing the right thing and the East will be given a place in the scheme of things. I am asking that the East should be given the Deputy Senate President. There is a high level of discussions about that and I’m sure that by partisan it would be a law in the House”.

Kalu said that the Senators of the 9th Assembly will put Nigerians above their party interest and legislate in a manner that the people will enjoy.

Orji Kalu Defeats Mao Ohabunwa To Win Abia North Senatorial Seat

Orji Kalu Berates Governors Over Arbitrary Expenses

 

Former Governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has beaten Senator Mao Ohabunwa to clinch the seat for Abia North Senatorial District.

INEC confirmed late on Sunday that Kalu who ran under the All Progressives Congress (APC), beat the incumbent for the district, who ran under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

READ ALSO: Saraki Loses Senatorial Seat To APC’s Oloriegbe

The result was announced by the returning officer, Dr Charles Anumudu who npted that Kalu polled 31,203 votes to Ohabunwa’s 20,801 votes.

The APGA came third amongst others who contested the senatorial position.

According to our correspondent in the state, Senate Mao Ohabunwa of the PDP is calling for the cancellation of the Abia North elections result.

Alleged N3.2bn Fraud: Judge’s Absence Stalls Kalu’s Trial

Alleged N3.2bn Fraud: Judge's Absence Stalls Kalu’s Trial
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The trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, who was accused of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), could not continue on Wednesday at a Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos.

Kalu’s trial suffered another setback today as the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, was absent in court as he is said to be attending a judges’ conference outside the state.

However, parties in the case have agreed to return to the court on November 28.

The former governor is standing trial on 34 counts of fraud and diversion of about N3.2bn which the EFCC claimed belongs to the Abia State government.

He was alleged to have conspired with his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, to divert the monies when he served as governor of the state.

The two men, who were charged alongside Kalu’s company – Slok Nigeria Ltd, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The offences were allegedly committed between August 2001 and October 2005, by utilising the company to retain the sum of N200m in a bank account.

Slok Nigeria Ltd and one Emeka Abone, said to be at large, were also alleged to have retained the sum of N200m in the company’s account on behalf of the former governor.

They were also accused of retaining about N2.5bn in different accounts; funds the anti-graft commission claimed belong to the Abia State government

The offences are said to be contrary to Sections 15(6), 16, and 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, Laws of the Federation 2005, as well as the Money Laundering Act of 1995.

Court Remands 44 Pro Biafra Supporters In Prison

Court Remands 44 Pro Biafra Supporters In PrisonThe Magistrate Court in Rivers State, southern Nigeria has ordered that the 44 pro Biafra supporters arrested in connection with a protest by the Indigenous People of Biafra, in Port Harcourt recently be remanded again in prison.

The members of the group were recently arrested in connection with a protest by the Indigenous People of Biafra in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital in south-south Nigeria.

The presiding Magistrate, Mr Andrew Jaja, said the court lacked jurisdiction over the matter since they were charged for treasonable felony.

He also noted that the court could not grant bail to the accused, stressing that the offence for which they were charged was beyond the magistrate court.

“The court does not have jurisdiction to entertain the case. Section 118 of the Criminal Procedure Act provides that persons charged with treason/capital offence cannot be granted bail by the Magistrate Court, but have the opportunity to be granted bail by the High Court.

Mr Jaja then ordered that the original case file be duplicated and copies sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further investigation and advice.

He also asked that the accused be remanded in prison custody till November 26.

While the prosecutor, Inspector Wilson Isaiah, expressed satisfaction with the decision of the court, one of the lawyers to the defendants, Linus Opara, also noted that the ruling for now sits well with his team.

Hundreds from the group had earlier stormed the streets of Port Harcourt carrying placards with various inscriptions and causing temporal gridlock on the Aba-Azikiwe road axis.

According to them, their protest was to show solidarity for the Biafran Radio Host, Kalu, who was arrested by security agencies and later released on administrative bail.