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Court Orders AGF To Take Over Prosecution Of Former Imo Governor

Malami
Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, Nigeria's Attorney-General

September 27, (THEWILL) – The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to take over the prosecution of a former Imo state governor, Ikedi Ohakim.

The police had initially filed criminal charges against Ohakim over the alleged threat to the life of an Abuja-based woman, Ms. Chinyere Amuchienwa.

While waiting for Ohakim to be arraigned in court, the police filed a notice discountenancing the March 2021 suit, the same day the AGF informed the court that he had taken over the prosecution of Ohakim.

According to the charge, Ohakim and one Mr. Chinedu Okpareke were alleged to have threatened to release a nude photograph of Chinyere Amuchienwa if she refuses to drop charges of attempted kidnap against them.

In his ruling on Monday, the court’s presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that there is no doubt that the AGF has unfettered power to prosecute.

The court said where issues have been joined in a criminal matter, a notice of discountenancing is brought by way of motion on notice.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo stated that the court cannot give effect to the notice of discountenancing filed by the police.

The trial judge held that the police’s move to discontinue the matter lacked merit.

The court then fixed October 21 for the former governor’s arraignment and the commencement of trial.