AS the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeks to pursue an immediate retrial of Senator Orji Kalu after the Supreme Court quashed his 12 year imprisonment, Kalu described his experience as typical story of justice denied and justice restored, and pledges to rededicate his life to seek justice for all.
The Supreme Court has in nullifying Kalu’s conviction, ordered a retrial at the lower courts.
In a signed statement, Friday, the Senator stated that “throughout the dark era of military rule in Nigeria, the Supreme Court neither wavered nor flinched in its commitment to justice and fairness,” and “by today’s judgment, the Apex court of our dear country affirmed my right to fair hearing and equal protection of the law.”
He described his five months (December 2019 – May 2020) in the Correctional Centre as “quite a profound period for me. As challenging as that period has been, it has provided me an opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about our country, our peoples, our justice system and the true meaning of love. I mean love for family, love for our country and love for humanity.”
He has nothing but praises for the apex court as he noted that the court has “remained the veritable compass to the highest ideals of justice attainable in this country,” even in the face of “distraction and mass hysteria.
“This long tradition of the court was exemplified in today’s judgment. I was humbled by the court’s boldness and sense of justice as shown in my case.”
Alluding to the ups and downs of the Nigerian justice system, Kalu admitted that his “experience tested and reaffirmed my belief and confidence in our country, Nigeria.
“My case is a true Nigerian story with a bold MADE-IN-NIGERIA stamp on it. It is a story of initial injustice that was caught and ultimately corrected. It is a story of restoration.
“It is a story of how a wrong was righted and how justice and truth prevailed in the end. It is a story of the power of hope. My case should teach us all that even though we may not get things right at the first attempt, with patience and dedication, we shall get them right eventually.
“That is the lesson of my case and that is the lesson of our country – that with dedication and patience, we shall place Nigeria in its rightful place eventually.”
And as he looks forward to “forward to rejoining my colleagues in the Senate,” he pledged to dedicate his time to serving the cause of justice for Nigerians who are suffering unfairly.
He stated: “I shall be dedicating my time henceforth to ensuring there will be justice for all Nigerians whether they are in Sokoto or Akwa Ibom or in Lagos or Maiduguri or in Jos or Enugu, or wherever they may be.
“I have come to know that the course of justice will not be complete if it stopped at my case. It must continue until it touches the lives of millions of Nigerians who face injustice anywhere in this world. Justice for one man or for a few people will no longer be enough in this country.
“A system whereby over 70% of all prison inmates population is made up of people awaiting trial cannot be allowed to continue. Situations where innocent people are falsely charged with murder just to get them out of the way do not dignify our country and cannot continue. Justice must now mean justice for all. That is my pledge to Nigerians.”