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Court Dismisses Criminal Charges Against Chinyere Amuchienwa By Ex-Imo Gov

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Maitama, has dismissed charges of alleged criminal intimidation, blackmail and threat to life by former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, against one Ms. Chinyere Amuchienwa.

In a ruling, Justice Yusuf Halilu, urged the Police and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to stop what he calls multiplicity of proceedings, while describing it as proliferation of cases due to the existence of similar suits at both the Federal High and FCT High Court.

The judge faulted the case as an abuse of court process, frowning at the action of the prosecution lawyers whom he said were guilty of writing frivolous petitions.

Adressing journalists, the defendant and her Counsel Mr. Ifeanyi Nweze stressed that Justice had been served while, adding that same ought to be granted to other women in similar circumstances.

Ohakim in September 2020, filed two applications for enforcement of his fundamental rights against the police, NAPTIP and Ms Amuchienwa and had also, through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, secured a court order against these parties. 

And to clear his name from the mounting allegations against him, Ohakim also filed a N5 billion libel suit against her before the High Court of Imo State for publishing defamatory falsehoods against him, including an audio that went viral accusing Ohakim of photo-shopping nude videos of women. 

Meanwhile, Amuchienwa had, in addition to the petitions to NAPTIP and police, filed civil action against Ohakim on the same set of facts complained of in her petitions, which had since been dismissed by the FCT High Court for lacking in merit.

By Victoria Abah

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