The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu and two others on a 34-count amended charge bordering on fraud.
The defendants plea that the court should await the pending appeal by Slok before the Supreme Court failed.
Chikere had refused the defendants’ objection to their arraignment and ordered that the charge be read to them.
Kalu and others were, in the amended charge, accused of diverting about N3.2 billion from the Abia government’s treasury during Kalu’s tenure as governor.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and Chikere allowed them on bail on the terms attached to the bail granted them on April 30, 2008.
They had, eight years earlier been arraigned before Justice Adamu Bello, who is now retired.
The court adjourned the case till December 6 for commencement of trial.