Kalu returns from Germany after surgery

Ezekiel Johnson
Ezekiel Johnson
Kalu returns from Germany after surgery
Kalu at the airport

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, returned to the country on Saturday after a medical check up which followed a major surgery he had in November.

He arrived Abuja alongside his wife, Ifunaynya, and children.

Stating that his medical re-examination was successful, Kalu said that he would still be back in Germany in January for another round of medical check up.

Speaking with journalists briefly on arrival, Kalu praised President Muhammadu Buhari for doing a good job in directing the affairs of the country.

It would be recalled that Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos, in November ordered Kalu to return from Germany within seven days and appear before the court.

He is facing a trial of alleged fraud of N7.65bn.

The case was stalled as a result of Kalu’s absence.

Justice Idris said although the court received a mail confirming Kalu’s treatment arrangement, his lawyer  failed to provide any medical report to guide the court on the surgery said to have been carried out on Kalu.

He said that in the circumstances therefore, he would, in the interest of justice, adjourn the case for the last time.

According to Justice Idris, Kalu must return from Germany within seven days and appear before the court.

“I have always stated that every citizen of this country is entitled to and has the right to seek medical treatment abroad. This right is guaranteed by the constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is an inalienable right.

“However, this right has exceptions; therefore, in exercising this right, due regard must be for the law and due process.

“Apart from the mail confirming the treatment arrangement of the 1st defendant, the defence counsel should have obtained a medical report on the condition of the 1st defendant post-surgery. This would have properly guided the court in the proceedings of today,” Justice Idris said.

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