For Aloy Ejimakor, Esq, Counsel to former Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, Monday, September 27, 2021 ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja granting leave to the Attorney-General of the Federation to take over prosecution of Ohakim over a matter relating to nude videos of one Chinyere Amuchienwa, was done in manifest error.
According to him, the ruling will not survive the avalanche of legal challenges that will be brought to bear, sooner than later.
Reacting to the ruling in a press statement, yesterday, Ejimakor fumed:
“Our attention has been drawn to news reports of today (27th September, 2021) in a ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja granting leave to the Attorney-General of the Federation to take over prosecution of Dr Ikedi Ohakim (former Governor of Imo State) over a matter relating to nude videos of one Chinyere Amuchienwa.
“Having considered the ramifications of this ruling, we now wish to inform the public that while we continue to abide in respects for decisions of Courts, this very ruling will be promptly challenged in all appropriate fora, because it bears no relevance to the material particulars of the dispute. At worst, the ruling created false impressions that, in the course of time, will be fully dealt with.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the said Chinyere Amuchienwa is already a defendant before an FCT High Court on the same set of facts that the Federal High Court made the instant ruling against Dr Ohakim. It is also pertinent to note that these Charges were already discontinued by the Complainants (Nigeria Police) before someone suddenly materialized from the office of the Attorney-General, insisting on taking over the case.
“In particular, Ms Amuchienwa is facing trial because police forensic evidence revealed that she was the one that produced the nude video she had accused Dr Ohakim of photoshopping. So, one wonders why a Court should rule that Dr Ohakim will stand trial on a matter upon which forensic evidence had exonerated him.
“Further, the ruling today (September 27) seemingly ignored the long and twisted history of the case. First of all, part of the reason the Nigerian Police Force had discontinued the related Charge against Dr Ohakim was when they became aware that the charges were brought in flagrant disobedience of an extant order of a competent court.
“In the light of the above, we are convinced that the ruling today (September 27) was made per incuriam (in manifest error) and thus will not survive the avalanche of the legal challenges that will be brought to bear, sooner than later.”/SHARE THIS
Aloy Ejimakor, Esq.
Counsel to Dr Ikedi Ohakim.
27th September, 2021