Imo State Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim Has Been Discharged And Acquitted Over False Information Charge

A Federal High Court in Abuja has discharged and acquitted the former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim of a 3-count criminal charge leveled against him by the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed. The police boss had accused the ex-governor of giving false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa.

It was alleged that Ohakim lied that the lady threatened him with a gun and equally made a false claim of having a plot of land for sale in Lagos.

The 3-count criminal charge leveled against him read;

“That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 23rd day of May 2019 at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully gave false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa, that she threatened you with gun knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.

“That you Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the 23rd day of May, 2019, at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully gave false information against one Chinyere Amuchienwa, that you have a plot of land for sale at Lagos State, knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.

“That you Ikedi Ohakim on or about the 23rd day of May 2019 at Asokoro, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did unlawfully used derogatory the name of Raji Fashola as the owner of the purported land situated at Ikeja, Lagos State and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria, 1968.”

According to the charge that was signed by the police prosecutor Stanley Nwodo, the former governor committed an offence punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria, 1968.

Ikedi Ohakim was however acquitted and discharged of the charges following a notice of discontinuance filed by the police in relation to the matter. The notice of discontinuance of charge no: CR/933/2020 dated 12th March 2021, was filed before the court by Rotshang Faith Dimka, Legal Counsel, Legal/Prosecution Section, FCIID, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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