A North American Intelligence Agency has frowned at the incarceration of the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, describing his ordeal as “Politically motivated.”
A revered source in the agency who craved anonymity because he is not authorised to speak on the matter said Kalu remains a respected figure globally, especially within the political and business circles, and has been in the fore front of the fight against corruption in sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the source : “We have received many highly classified intelligence from Kalu, exposing corruption in several African countries in the past, which makes the charges against him questionable.”
“Since the beginning of Kalu’s ordeal, we have embarked on thorough investigation to ascertain the level of his culpability, but our findings so far show that his imprisonment is politically motivated”.
“Kalu remains a prominent figure and we have gathered that there are plans to annihilate certain parts of the country from the country’s presidency and this is unacceptable”, he said.
“The agency has however opened correspondence with Nigerian authorities on the matter, and we’re hoping the right thing will be done” our source concluded.
Recall that the Former Governor of Abia State, and Senate Chief Whip was recently found guilty of N7.56bn fraud by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Idris.
However, many pundits and political analysts have described his imprisonment as a plot by powerful political interests to frustrate him and Ndigbo ahead of 2023 presidential race.
Kalu is one of the strongest voices in the South East who has been campaigning against the continued marginalisation of Nigeria’s South East in the political equations of the country.
In the same vein, a European Union commissioner (Name withheld) has commended Kalu for the great feat he achieved for his home state of Abia and Africa generally.
The EU Commissioner, who is a personal friend of Kalu, said the former governor is loved because he is not just a politician but a renowned philanthropist whose work is enviable across all regions of the country.
He said : “I have known Kalu for many years, and his good works and passion for the people speak volume. He is a giver and a man with compassion.”
“We have partnered with him through Orji Kalu Foundation for several humanitarian services, many of which are still running.”
“I have no doubt of his innocence in the charges and strongly believe he will come out better and stronger to serve his people”.