Precious Chikwendu is charged with attempting to murder Fani-Kayode.

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Precious Chikwendu is charged with attempting to murder Fani-Kayode.

Precious Chikwendu is charged with attempting to murder Fani-Kayode.

NewsReport gathered that Precious Chikwendu was charged with the attempted murder of her former husband, Femi Fani-Kayode, by the police on Monday.

Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja heard her case.

The police accused Ms. Chikwendu and three others of attempting to stab Mr. Fani-Kayode with a kitchen knife on November 24, 2018, at Asokoro, Abuja, in the case marked FHCABJ/CR/1/2022 filed by the Commissioner of Police.

 

Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu, and Osakwe Azubuike were arraigned with Ms. Chikwendu as the 1st, 3rd, and 4th defendants, respectively, while others are said to remain at large.

In the 13-count charge dated and filed on January 7, the defendants were also alleged to have committed offenses bordering on cybercrime, intimidation to kill Mr. Fani-Kayode by use of the Internet, threat to kill one Lauretta in order to cause her to leave her relationship with Mr. Fani-Kayode.

 

They were alleged to have criminally used the internet to send abusive messages with the intent to bully, defame and harass her ex-husband.

 

They were also alleged to have fabricated false evidence by deposing to a series of affidavits that Mr. Fani-Kayode physically and sexually assaulted members of his domestic staff in inhuman conduct by causing same to be electronically published in a national daily.

Ms. Chikwendu was also alleged to have, through her Facebook page, referred to Mr. Fani-Kayode as “Mr. Short Fuse”.

She was also alleged to have published a false imputation against the ex-minister “by referring to him as a person who is sexually incapacitated and that he is not the biological father of the four children she had for him as a wife.”

‘Not guilty’

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts, which are said to be punishable under Section 392 of the Penal Code, among others.

 

The prosecuting counsel, John Ijagbemi, who prayed the court for a date to commence trial. said seven witnesses would testify in the matter.

 

He said apart from the documentary evidence that would be tendered, electronic evidence had also been compiled to prosecute the suspects.

 

Ms. Chikwendu’s lawyer, Alex Ejesieme, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, urged the court to grant the defendants bail based on the earlier administrative bail granted them by the police.

 

Mr. Ijagbemi confirmed she was earlier granted bail.

 

The Ekwo fixed April 27, April 28, and April 29 for trial.

 

He ordered the defendants to continue on the terms of administrative bail earlier granted them.

 

He directed the prosecution to submit all particulars of the defendants to the court registrar.

 

Possible amendment

 

In an interview shortly after the sitting, Mr. Ijagbemi said the complainant would amend the charge to include an attempt by Chikwendu to kill the four children she had for the ex-minister.

 

However, efforts to talk to Mr. Ejesieme, lawyer to the ex-wife, was unsuccessful as he refused to grant an interview.

 

NAN reports that the ex-wife’s arraignment in alleged defamation of character suit filed against her by former Senator, Grace Bent, on January 24, before Obiora Egwuatu of Federal High Court was stalled due to her absence from court.

 

Neither Ms. Chikwendu, an ex-beauty queen, nor his lawyer was in court. The judge fixed March 10 for her arraignment in the case.

 

She and Mr. Fani-Kayode have been locked in a messy custody battle over their children.

 

In December she accused him of violating a court order granting her access to the children.

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