Speculations are rife that former Imo State Governor Ikedi Ohakim might be arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, the 15th February, 2021 over a petition by Ms Chinyere Amuchienwa-Igwegbe.
Recall that Ohakim, had in a petition to the IGP, dated 20th January 2020, complained about assault on his person by Ms Chinyere Amuchienwa-Igwegbe at a hotel in Abuja and other unlawful acts by her towards him.
While the matter was still under investigation, our correspondent gathered that Ms Amuchienwa petitioned the police against the former governor on matters bordering on false information on the Abuja hotel matter, alleged land fraud of N500m and that Ohakim ‘photoshopped or filmed her’, and made her nude video public.
Barr Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to Ohakim, argued that the charges allegedly being relied upon for the said arraignment were already contained in the earlier petition which was still under investigation, and wondered why the police had, from 21st September to the present, ‘ostensibly on the improper promptings of Ms Amuchienwa, filed two separate charges against our client in two separate courts, containing myriad allegations that are so wild that it seems a stretch to relate them to anything our client might have done’. He added that it was in the know of Ohakim’s legal team that ‘a third round of charges is underway’.
The lawyer, while reacting to a possible arraignment of Ohakim on Monday, stated in a press release, that, “Our attention has been drawn to coordinated, sensational and false publications in sections of the media, purporting that the inspector-general of police will arraign our client (Dr Ohakim) before the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday, the 15th February, 2021.
“We go on record to state that the so-called charges they are circulating in the media are trumped-up as they were neither served on Dr Ohakim, nor any hearing notice served in regard to any arraignment. The calculated leakage of these spurious charges to the media appears to be deliberately aimed at further injuring Dr Ohakim’s reputation.
“To be sure, vigorous and firm steps are presently been taken in the proper fora to ensure that those involved in this sordid saga are promptly brought to account. In the interim, members of the public are advised to completely ignore the said media reports as tissue of lies.”