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Police File Criminal Charge, Fraud, Others Against Ohakim

The Office of the Inspector-General of Police has filed a criminal charge of fraud and false information against a former governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.

In his statement to the police, the former governor said he gave Lady Chinyere Lilian Amuchienwa, the sum of N100m for his governorship in 2019, which turned out to be false.

In the charge filed at the Registry of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, the former governor was accused of using the name of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to defraud unsuspecting Nigerian.

In the court document with charge number CR/993/2020 and dated September 23, 2020, the police said Ohakim will be be arraigned in court soon.

The three-count charge against Ohakim, signed by Mr. Stanley Nwodo read, ”That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 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.

Also, an Upper Area Court sitting in Mpape, sentenced one Kingsley Ogam, who is said to be working for the form er governor to eight months in prison with an option of N30,000 fine.

In case number CR/496/2020, Ogam was sentenced to prison on September 24, 2020.

In the First Information Report, FIR, Ogam was arraigned before the court for defamation of character, injurious falsehood and criminal intimidation.

According to the FIR, the offence is punishable under Section 392, 393 and 397 of the Penal Code Law.

Ogam was said to have defamed the character of Lady Chinyere Lilian Amuchienwa.

He was sentenced to prison by Honourable Mohammad Maraca, after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him.He was also ordered to write an apology letter to Amuchienwa.

The judge instructed that Kingsley Ogam should tender an apology to lady Amuchienwa of which she rejected  One Chinedu Opereke was arrested alongside Kingsley Ogam and was reminded in suleja prison by the court. The former governor was also supposed to be arraigned before the Upper Area Court for conspiracy.

He was invited by the police to answer to a petition written against him by Lady Amuchienwa, over allegation of defamation of character, injurious falsehood and criminal intimidation.

But instead of the former governor to answer the invitation of the police, he rushed to a high court in Imo state for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

He was invited on the September 10 but failed to honour the invitation. In the application filed at the High Court of Justice of Imo state, with suit number HON/717/2020, he asked for an order of the court stopping the police from inviting, arresting and detaining him.

After listening to the motion, Justice V.I. Onyeka granted the order But a thorough look at the document shows that the the motion was filed on September 10, 2020, assigned same day and the order granted same day.

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