Alleged Nude Photos: Court Fixes January 17 For Arraignment Of Former Gov Ohakim

Former Imo Governor, Ikedi Ohakim

 

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday fixed January 17, 2022, for the arraignment of former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim.

Ohakim and Chinedu Okpaleke are being prosecuted by the Federal Government for allegedly threatening to release nude photographs of an Abuja-based lady, Chinyere Amuchienwa, if she fails to drop charges of attempted kidnap against them.

Following a petition by Chinyere Amuchienwa, the police had filed a criminal charge against Ohakim and Okpaleke, but later discovered that the content of the petition was false and misleading.

Consequently, an effort by the Police to withdraw the charge against the defendants marked FHC/ABJ/CS/287/2020, proved abortive as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice applied to the court to take over the matter.

On September 27, Justice Taiwo ruled that the AGF has unfettered power to take over the case.

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At a resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, A. K Alilu, an Assistant Director, Public Prosecution of the Federation announced an appearance for the AGF, while Emeka Etiaba SAN appeared for the 1st defendant.

Kenneth C.O, SAN represented the 2nd defendant just as Ifeanyi Nwaeze, held the brief of the nominal complainant (Chinyere Amuchienwa).

Etiaba apologized to the court that his client was absent because he was in isolation due to the OMICRON COVID-19 variant, having returned from South Africa.

Counsel to Ohakim also apologised for Ohakim’s inability to be in court, citing health reasons.

Reacting, the prosecution counsel said the matter was “intentionally being stalled from going on because nobody informed the prosecution of all these developments”.

Ruling, Justice Taiwo held that the COVID-19 is not an issue to play with.

In view of the application of the defendants, the court adjourned to January 17, 2022, for Ohakim and Okpaleke to be arraigned.

In the five-count charge dated November 25, 2020, the police had alleged that  Ohakim and Okpareke, knowingly and intentionally transmitted communication through a computer system to harass and bully Amuchienwa, an offence that is punishable under Section 24(1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.

Some of the charges read, “That you  Chinendu Okpareke ‘m’ 49, and Ikedi Ohakim ‘m’ and others now at large on  Aug. 13, 2020, within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire among yourselves by knowingly and intentionally sending messages by means of computer system or network in a grossly offensive, pornographic, nude of an indecent obscene and menacing character of one Chinyere Amuchienwa ‘f’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 27 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.

“That you  Chinendu Okpareke ‘m’ 49, and  Ikedi Ohakim ‘m’ and others now at large on Aug. 13, 2020, within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire among yourselves to cause annoyance and criminal intimidation to one Chinyere Amuchienwa ‘f’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 27 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.”

Ohakim Vows To Appeal Order Directing AGF To Prosecute Him

A file photo of former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim.

 

Former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim has vowed to appeal the decision of the Federal High Court delivered on Monday which directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to take over his prosecution over a matter relating to one Chinyere Amuchinwa Igwebe.

In a statement by Ohakim’s counsel Aloy Ejimakor on Tuesday, the former governor said the decision by Justice Taiwo Taiwo allowing the AGF to prosecute him after been exonerated by the police amounts to double jeopardy.

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He explained that the charges were already discontinued by the Nigerian Police after they became aware that the charges were brought in flagrant disobedience of an extant order of a competent court.

The ex-governor, however, drew the attention of the public to the fact that the said Chinyere Amuchinwa is already standing trial before an FCT High Court after the police forensic evidence revealed that she was the one that allegedly produced the said  video she had accused him of, the same set of facts that the Federal High Court made the instant ruling against.

AGF Takes Over Alleged Threat To Life Case Involving Ohakim

A file photo of former Imo State Governor, Mr Ikedi Ohakim.

 

The planned arraignment of a former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim has been stalled at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

This was a result of a notice to the court during the proceedings on Thursday that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) was now in charge of the case.

A lawyer from the office of the AGF informed Justice Taiwo Taiwo that they had taken over the prosecution of Ohakim who was accused of threatening and harassing one Mrs Chinyere Amuchienwa.

He explained that the AGF had taken over the case by a letter dated March 17, 2021, which he said had been served on the Inspector General of Police.

But counsel to the police, R. Dimka, opposed the taking over of the case against the former by the office of AGF.

She stated that the charges preferred against the former governor were prepared by the office of the IGP, whom she said is the complainant in the case.

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In his ruling, Justice Taiwo told the prosecutor from the office of the AGF that he had taken judicial notice of the letter, but the counsel should file the letter formally before the court.

He also deferred the arraignment of the former governor until May 6, to enable parties file and serve written addresses on the propriety of the office of the AGF taking over the case from the police.

The former governor and one other person, Chinedu Okpareke, have been on administrative bail since November 11, 2020, following the suit file by the police over allegations of threatening and harassing Amuchienwa.

According to the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CS/287/2020, Ohakim and Okpareke were alleged to have threatened to release a nude photograph of Amuchienwa if she fails to drop the charges of attempted kidnap against them.

The five-count charge dated November 25, 2020, alleged that both men “knowingly and intentionally transmitted communication through a computer system to harass and bully Amuchienwa”, an offence said to be punishable under Section 24(1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.

Two of the charges read, ”That you Chinendu Okpareke ‘m’ 49, and Ikedi Ohakim ‘m’ and others now at large on August 13, 2020, within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire among yourselves by knowingly and intentionally sending messages by means of a computer system or network in a grossly offensive, pornographic, nude of an indecent obscene and menacing character of one Chinyere Amuchienwa ‘f’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 27 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.

”That you Chinendu Okpareke ‘m’ 49, and Ikedi Ohakim ‘m’ and others now at large on August 13, 2020, within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire among yourselves to cause annoyance and criminal intimidation to one Chinyere Amuchienwa ‘f’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 27 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.”

Alleged False Information: Court Discharges, Acquits Ex-Imo Governor Ohakim

 

A former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim has been discharged and acquitted by an Abuja High Court on a 3-count criminal charge preferred against him by the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed.

The acquittal followed a notice of discontinuance filed by the police in relation to the matter.

The notice of discontinuance of charge no: CR/933/2020 dated March 12, 2021, was filed before the court by Rotshang Faith Dimka, Legal Counsel, Legal/Prosecution Section, FCIID, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Following the development, Ohakim was accordingly discharged and acquitted by the court as the charge was struck out.

The police boss had in the said charge accused the ex-governor of giving false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa.

Before the matter was struck out, Ohakim had entered a plea of not guilty.

The police alleged that the erstwhile governor lied that the lady threatened him with a gun and equally made a false claim that he had a plot of land for sale in Lagos.

He was in count-three of the charge, alleged to have unlawfully dropped the name of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, as the owner of the purported land situated at Ikeja, Lagos State.

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According to the charge that was signed by the police prosecutor, Stanley Nwodo, the former governor, committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria, 1968.

The charge reads: “That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 23rd day of May 2019 at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully gave false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa, that she threatened you with gun knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.

“That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 23rd day of May, 2019, at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully gave false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa, that you have a plot of land for sale at Lagos State, knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.

“That you Ikedi Ohakim on or about the 23rd day of May 2019 at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully used derogatory the name of Raji Fashola as the owner of the purported land situated at Ikeja, Lagos State and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.”

Police File Charges Against Ex-Imo Governor, Ohakim

Ex-Imo Governor, Ikedi Ohakim

 

The Nigeria Police Force has filed a three-count criminal charge of fraud against a former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim.

In the charge dated September 23 and filed at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja, Ohakim was accused of using the name of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to defraud unsuspecting victims.

He was also alleged to have given false information against one Chinyere Lilian Amuchienwa.

The charge reads: “That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 23rd day of May 2019 at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully gave false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa, that she threatened you with gun knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.

“That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 23rd day of May, 2019, at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully gave false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa, that you have a plot of land for sale at Lagos state, knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.

“That you Ikedi Ohakim on or about the 23rd day of May 2019 at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully used derogatory the name of Raji Fashola as the owner of the purported land situated at Ikeja, Lagos state and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.”

No date has been fixed for the arraignment of the defendant.

Court Dismisses Ohakim’s No-Case Submission Against EFCC

Ikedi Ohakim, Court, EFCCThe Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a no-case submission filed by a former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out Ohakim’s suit which was filed through his counsel, Awa Kalu, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency made the ruling public on Thursday in a statement by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.

Mr Ohakim is facing trial for allegedly making a cash payment to the tune of $2,290,000.00 (about 270,000,000 Naira) for the purchase of a property in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the January 26, 2013 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, while under arrest for an offence under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004 knowingly failed to make a full disclosure of your assets by not declaring your ownership of the property known and described as Plot No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District- it is also known as No.60, Kwame Nkurumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004 and punishable under the same section”.

The former governor had pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge when it was read to him.

Consequently, the prosecution presented a number of witnesses and tendered several documents, which were admitted in evidence to prove its case against the defendant before it closed its case.

At the last hearing on June 6, the defence filed a no-case submission against the prosecution.

In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Ademola stated that the prosecution had been able to establish its case against the defendant.

The case has been adjourned till October 10 and 13 for the commencement of the defence.

Trial Of Former Imo Governor, Ohakim Begins

OhakimThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced the prosecution of a former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, for alleged money laundering charges.

Mr Ohakim, who was Imo State Governor between 2007 and 2011, is facing a three-count charge of money laundering, arising from his alleged purchase of a house at Asokoro District of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with cash payment of dollar equivalent of 270 million Naira in November 2008.

The first prosecution witness, Mr Dauda Ishaya, a Senior Detective Superintendent with the EFCC, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr Festus Keyamo, accused Ohakim of initially lying to be a tenant in the property until he was confronted with the statements of those who were involved in the purchase of the property.

According to the witness, the property is located at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Plot No 1098, Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, Abuja.

After the hearing on Tuesday, the case was adjourned till November 12, 2015 for continuation.

Former Imo Governor, Ohakim Gets Bail

OhakimA Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former governor of Imo State, Mr Ikedi Ohakim, who is standing trial on charges of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

This came one day after he was remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola released the former governor on bail on the condition that he will provide one surety in the sum of 270 million naira and who must be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory and also own a property in the nation’s capital.

He, however, said that the surety can in the alternative swear to an affidavit of means which must be verified by the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He also ordered the former governor to deposit his passport and all travel documents with the court.

Mr Ohakim, who pleaded not guilty to the 3-count charge of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering was surrounded by his lawyers and family members as he appeared in court

In his application for bail, Mr Ohakim, through his counsel, submitted that the offence for which he is standing trial is a bailable offence and since the prosecution has concluded investigation, there is no reason to keep him in custody.

He urged the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said that the court exercised its discretion in favour of the accused because the offences for which he is standing trial are bailable and an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

EFCC To Arraign Ohakim, Lamido And Nyako

efccThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three former governors over allegations of corruption and money laundering.

The three former governors are Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, Muritala Nyako of Adamawa and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.

Nyako and Lamido were arrested along with their sons.

Meanwhile, Mr Ohakim and Admiral Nyako will be arraigned in Abuja today (Wednesday), while Mr Lamido and his sons are to be arraigned in Kano on Thursday.

The EFCC is alleging that the former governors siphoned and diverted monies belonging to their states while they were in office.

Former Imo Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, Arrested, Released By EFCC

Ohakim_ImoFormer Governor of Imo State, Mr Ikedi Ohakim has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ohakim spent less than five hours with the anti-graft Agency, before he was left to go home

The EFCC operatives had on Thursday arrested Mr Ohakim after he failed to honour an invitation on Wednesday to answer questions on an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption and embezzlement while he was in office.

Mr Ohakim served as governor of the south eastern state between 2007 and 2011.

PDP Asks Court To Sack Defected Governors

PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order declaring the seats of the five governors who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) vacant.

The governors are: Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers),  Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara).

Named as defendants in the suit along with the five governors is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party is also asking the court to order the Houses of Assembly of the affected states to impeach the governors.

In the suit filed by Dr. Alex Izinyon, the party cited sections 177 (c), 221 and 222 (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a ground for the court to declare them ineligible to remain in office as governors having defected to APC.

The court was equally asked to make a declaration that in the absence of any division in the PDP, the five governors have vacated or forfeited their seats upon their defection to the APC.

APC Warns PDP To Back Off

The All Progressives Congress (APC) had last week cautioned the PDP against declaring vacant the seats of the five governors saying “apart from being illegal and smacking of double standard, such a move has the potential to plunge the polity into chaos.”

The party, in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said “any attempt by the PDP to act in desperation and declare the governors’ seats vacant will be met with an unprecedented show of people power that will end, once and for all, the impunity of the PDP and the Presidency.”

According to the statement, “APC has irrefutable evidence that the PDP is desperately shopping for a pliant judge who will be heavily induced to declare vacant the seats of the five governors who recently defected to the APC. We also have the name of the lawyers who have been retained by the PDP for this hatchet job.

‘’We are in possession of the various nefarious legal options being explored by the PDP and the Presidency, but we hereby serve a strong notice to the duo that any attempt by anyone through any means other than what is provided for in Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, will not only have grave consequences, but will leave the polity severely bruised.

‘’We wish to state unequivocally that should the PDP go ahead with this plan, there will be widespread repercussions as the APC has resolved that henceforth, every act of impunity of the PDP and the Presidency will be met with stiff resistance in the form of a vociferous telegraphing of people power, the likes of which have not been witnessed.’’

APC also warned against any attempt by the PDP and the Presidency to “turn back the hands of the clock as far as the cleaning up of the judiciary is concerned, by inducing a servile and disreputable judge to do the duo’s bidding.

Accusing the PDP of engaging in double standard, APC said “For all of 14 years, elected members of the State Houses of Assembly, as well as the National Assembly have been defecting mostly to the PDP and no court has ever declared their seats vacant.

“The late Senator Wahab Dosunmu and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, then of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) blazed the trail when they decamped to the PDP within a year of their election. Since then, scores of elected lawmakers at state and federal levels have defected to the PDP without any eyebrows being raised or anyone declaring their seats vacant.

“When Governors Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State and Theodore Orji of Abia State, both elected on the platform of the PPA, and Governor Isah Yuguda of Bauchi State, who was elected on the platform of the then ANPP, defected to the PDP, nobody declared their seats vacant.

“As a matter of fact, the PDP under the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua organised an elaborate reception to welcome Yuguda to the PDP. Why then should the case of the five PDP governors who have joined the APC be different? Why is the PDP suddenly afraid of taking the same medicine it has been administering to others? Does it mean that all the bravado that has been displayed by the PDP, which says it is not bothered by the defection of the five governors, is just a facade to hide its deep pain at the monumental loss?’’ APC queried.

The opposition party urged the PDP to go and read and be guided by the ruling of the Supreme Court after it (PDP) allegedly attempted to make the then Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to lose his seat and to also strip him of his privileges following his defection to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

Supreme Court Adjourns Okorocha’s Suit To Jan. 2014

The Supreme Court in Nigeria has fixed January 24, 2014 for judgment on the suit filed by the governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Okorocha challenging the decision of the Appeal Court in Owerri to allow Mr Ikedi Ohakim to join in the suit filed by Mr Ifeanyi Ararume.

Mr Ararume, who was the governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 governorship election, had challenged the constitutionality of the May 6 supplementary election that brought Okorocha to power.

Mr Ohakim was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At the resumed hearing of the suit in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, counsel to governor Okorocha, Mr Niyi Akintola adopted his brief of argument and prayed the court to rule in his favour.

The lawyer to the PDP, Mr Wole Olanipekun however informed the court of a preliminary objection he filed, saying the appeal by Governor Okorocha is an incompetent one.

Mr. Awa Kalu representing Mr. Ifeanyi Ararume, who did not challenge the suit, stressed that every litigant had a right of appeal.

It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal in a ruling delivered by Justice Hussein Mukhtar has dismissed Okorocha’s objection to Ohakim’s application and consequently made Ohakim an appellant in the case.

Okorocha in his Supreme Court appeal argued that Ohakim’s party, the PDP, had earlier challenged the subject matter of the suit at the election petitions tribunal and lost arguing further that the PDP also challenged the decision of the election tribunal at the Supreme Court and lost.

According to him, allowing Ohakim to challenge the high court’s judgment on appeal was to afford him the opportunity to pursue two remedies against the same infraction in two courts at the same time.