Re-arraignment of Fani-Kayode’s estranged wife stalled over absence of prosecutors

The re-arraignment of Precious Chikwendu, the estranged wife of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, was on Wednesday, stalled owing to the absence of the prosecution counsel, John Ijagbemi.

At a resumed sitting, Nneka Amadi, who held brief for Ijagbemi, informed Justice Inyang Ekwo that the lead counsel was indisposed.

Other defendants in the trial include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu, and Osakwe Azubuike while others are said to be at large.

The Defendants are to be re-arraigned by the Nigeria police on a 14-count amended charge that borders on alleged threat to the lives of witnesses billed to testify in the trial.

Addressing the court, Amadi said, “This matter is slated for arraignment but the lead counsel is indisposed, my lord,”
She, therefore, prayed the court for an adjournment.

Justice Ekwo, who asked Amadi if she was a police officer, queried why she held the brief of Ijagbemi.

“Are you in the Police Force? Can you hold brief for somebody?

“Don’t you know in law, you don’t hold brief for another in government establishment?” Ekwo queried.

Counsel for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants in the suit, Emeka Uchegbulam, did not oppose Amadi’s application for an adjournment but urged the court to take note that it was at the instance of the prosecution.

Meanwhile, Justice Ekwo, who adjourned the matter at the instance of the prosecution, fixed October 6, for the defendants to take their pleas.

The police are accusing Precious and Anakan, a co-defendant, of threatening the lives of witnesses lined up in the alleged attempted murder charge against them.

The offence, listed as count 14 in the new amended charge, was alleged to have been committed within the premises of the FHC, Abuja.

They were alleged to have “criminally threatened the lives of Bako Maina, Isah Kudaru and other witnesses in the case to eliminate them by death if they insist on testifying in the case.”

The offence was said to be punishable under Section 397 of the Penal Code.

The four defendants were earlier arraigned before the court on February 14, on 13 counts.

But in an amended charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022 dated and filed by Ijagbemi on behalf of Commissioner of Police, FCT Command on April 28, the ex-wife was also being charged on allegations bordering on attempted murder of her former husband and children.

Precious was said to have carried two kitchen knives threatening to kill Fani-Kayode, the children and other occupants of the house at Asokoro on November 24, 2018, within the court jurisdiction.

An offence said to be punishable under Section 229 of the Penal Code Law.

In addition, she was alleged to have made false allegations on November 24, 2018, with doctored pictures with the intent to deceive members of the public and make them believe that the injuries in the pictures were inflicted on her by her ex-husband.

Re-arraignment of Fani-Kayode’s estranged wife stalled over absence of prosecutors