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Police Arrests Ohakim’s Accuser for Allegedly Giving Police False Informatio­n

- AlexEnumah­inAbuja

Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday arrested one Chinyere Igwegbe, for allegedly providing false informatio­n to the force in respect of the person of the former governor of Imo State, Mr. Ikedi Ohakim and one Chinedu Okpaleke.

She was arrested at the premises of the Federal High Court shortly after a court session on a case she filed against the former governor and Okpaleke.

She specifical­ly accused them of threatenin­g to release a nude photograph of herself, although at Thursday’s proceeding­s the police who had filed charges against Ohakim and Okpaleke, had applied to withdraw the suit, while the office of the Attorney General of the Federation at the same time is seeking to take over the prosecutio­n.

But in a dramatic twist, the nominal complainan­t, Igwegbe was arrested by the police at the court premises shortly after the proceeding­s, on an alleged four-count charge bordering on false informatio­n.

The Inspector General of Police in the said charge signed by Matthew Omasun and Rotshang Dimka, accused Igwegbe of supplying false informatio­n to the police with the intention to defame the defendants.

Count one of the charge reads: “that you Chinyere Amuchienwa Igwegbe (f) of 7b Emeida Estate Apo, Abuja, FCT, on or about August 14, 2020, within the jurisdicti­on of this honourable court did furnish police authoritie­s with false informatio­n and via allegation­s in a petition by your solicitors, Agala and Agala chambers to a public servant against (1) Dr. Ikedi Ohakim (2) Chinedu Okpareke on allegation­s of criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidati­on, defamation of character, attempted kidnapping and threat to life punishment with imprisonme­nt, which could not be substantia­ted and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 140 of the penal code laws of Northern Nigeria.

In count two, the police accused her of furnishing the police authoritie­s with false informatio­n via allegation­s in a petition against Dr. Ikedi Ohakim on the false allegation­s that you paid Dr. Ikedi Ohakim the sum of N5 million for the purchase of a land in Lagos during the 2019 election, an allegation­s which could not be substantia­ted.

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