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The Inspector General of Police on Thursday arraigned an Abuja-based housewife, Chinyere Amuchienwa Igwegbe, for allegedly furnishing the police authorities with false information against a former governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim, and one Chinedu Okpareke.
The Police docked the woman on a four-count charge before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, bordering on allegations of criminal conspiracy, intimidation, defamation of character, attempted kidnapping and threat to life punishable with imprisonment for failing to substantiate the allegations and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read out to her, prompting her counsel, Ifeanyichukwu Nweze to apply for bail on her behalf.
Nweze, while moving the bail application filed and served on July 12, 2021 for the bail of the defendant, along with an affidavit in support and other documents annexed, told the court that the same matter with same substances and parties is before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
He said the matter at the Federal High Court, which has been taken over by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, is awaiting ruling in September and the police arrested the defendant on the same day, July 8, 2021 that the court sat on the matter, which she was the nominal complaint.
The counsel further told the court that the police have no right to take over a matter that has already been taken over by the office of the AGF.
In her response, the prosecution counsel, R. F Dimka did not oppose the bail application, saying that granting of bail is at the discretion of the court.
She however prayed the court to attach stringent conditions in granting the defendant’s bail to ensure her presence in court to face her trial.
She narrated that the defendant had refused to honour several police invitations to her during investigations and that a warrant of arrest had to be secured before she was able to appear in court on Thursday for her arraignment.
In a ruling, the trial Judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu said the offences for which the defendant was arraigned are bailable and held that the defendant provides two sureties, who must be resident in Abuja.
The two sureties, the judge held, must have a regular income and shall continue to produce the defendant in court for her trial until it is dispensed off.
The defendant, the judge held, should deposit her international passports with the court and can only travel out of the country with the permission of the court and adjourned till October 28, 2021 for trial.
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