The Nigerian Senate have revealed that convicted Chief Whip of the Red Chamber and former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, will continue to receive his salaries in full and all other entitlements due him while in prison.
According to Godiya Akwashiki, spokesperson of the Senate, until the case gets to Supreme Court and a final judgement is given, Senator Kalu remains a serving lawmaker and will be paid all of his entitlements in full.
“He is still a senator. This is the first court. The matter is going to Supreme Court so, he still has the opportunity to appeal up to the Supreme Court level. Of course they will pay him. Because he is a sitting senator just like I said…if you file for appeal, you are still serving and so they will pay you.”
“All his entitlements will be paid. There is no cause for alarm. In fact, even if Court of Appeal says they have upheld the judgement of the lower court, he still has the right to go to Supreme Court. So once the Supreme Court says, yes, the judgement is okay, then that’s the final,” he explained.