18 March 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Federal Government has set in motion a machinery for the prosecution of former Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim on criminal charges of threat to the life of an Abuja based woman, Mrs Chinyere Amuchienwa.
Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, had told the Federal High Court in Abuja that it took over the trial of the former governor from the Inspector General of Police to ensure diligent prosecution.
The court had earlier slated today for the former governor to be arraigned, but when the matter was called, a counsel from the office of the AGF, Bagudu Sani informed the court that the office of 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, IGP.
Counsel to the Police, Rufus Dimka opposed to the taking over of the case by office of the AGF on the grounds that the charges preferred/proffered against the former governor was prepared by the office of the IGP as the complainant in the case.
However, the trial judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo told Sani 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.
The judge deferred the arraignment of the former governor to May 6, 2021 to enable parties file and serve written addresses on the propriety of the office of the AGF taking over the case from the Police.
Ohakim has been on police administrative bail since November 11, 2020.
Briefing newsmen outside the court room, Counsel to the plaintiff, Ifeanyi Chukwu Obasi confirmed that the AGF was now in charge of the case.
Ohakim and one Chinedu Okpareke were dragged to the Federal High court by the police over allegations of threatening and harassing Mrs Chinyere Amuchienwa.
According to the suit filed, Ohakim and Okpareke were alleged to have threatened to release a nude photograph of Amuchienwa, if she failed to drop charges of attempted kidnap against them.
In the five-count charge dated November 25, 2020, the police alleged that Ohakim and Okpareke, knowingly and intentionally transmitted communication through a computer system to harass and bully Amuchienwa, an offence punishable under Section 24(1)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2015.