According to The Guardian, Mrs. Chinyere Igwegbe’ s trial against former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, has been halted by conflicting letters from Attorney- General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (AGF). A high court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has postponed the IGP’ s accusations against the woman until December 8th (FCT). Due to two conflicting letters from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Justice Yusuf Halilu pushed the trial forward and Ohakim was anticipated to testify against the woman (FMoJ).
The AGF was reported to have expressed an interest in taking over the prosecution of the accused in one of the letters. Another, on the other hand, said that the AGF had never expressed such a wish. Halilu, who claimed to have received conflicting letters, chose to postpone the trial until December 8 so that the IGP and AGF could put their houses in order. Court proceedings continued on Monday, with the prosecution’ s lawyer informing the court that the subject was for the police to launch their case against the defendant, and the former governor, who was in court to testify, was present to do so.
According to a letter she confessed receiving, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Federation had requested that she assume responsibility for the case. In addition, the lawyer informed the court that the AGF’ s office had sent another letter denying that the AGF had taken over the matter. ‘ My Lord, we beg the court not to accept these letters, ‘ stated the lawyer. When the judge asked for an explanation from the AGF’ s office, they were absent from the hearing.
” Two large letters, ” according to Justice Yusuf, were delivered to him: ” one from the AGF, announcing that he has taken over this matter, ” and ” the order disputing the claim. ” Consequently, Dimka requested that the letters’ writers be probed in court. Lawyer Ifeanyi Nweze said that a similar situation had occurred at Abuja’ s Federal High Court, and that the court ruled that the AGF had the ability to take over any case before a final decision was made.
Prosecutors had received a petition from an individual who alleged that Ohakim had conspired with others to defame her character, attempted kidnapping, and threatened her life. A further investigation found that these claims were baseless and inaccurate, according to authorities. Despite the fact that the police had arrested the former governor and filed criminal charges against him, Igwegbe was later arrested when it was determined that the allegations in her petition were nothing more than blackmail. Her arraignment took place on July 22, 2021, and she was released on bond.