- These are not the best of times for a former governor of Imo, a state in the southeast region of Nigeria
- The former governor is in dispute with a woman concerning a domestic incident that borders on harassment and cybercrime
- Some Nigerians commented on the case which has dragged on for a while
The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Thursday, March 18 took over the case-file of an ex-governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim on behalf of the federal government, Vanguard reports.
Ohakim is facing trial over an allegation that he threatened to release an inappropriate photograph of a woman he allegedly had an affair with.
Punch reports that the counsel for the police, Rufus Dimka, opposed the taking over of the case by the office of AGF.
According to The Guardian, the judge consequently deferred the arraignment of Ohakim to Thursday, May 6.
The case against Ohakim has been on for a while and many say it is a stain on his political career.
Others say such a case will work against the former governor if he decides to contest for any political office in his home state.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the case on Twitter.
“He should just defect to the APC and sing Buhari's praise on Television. Simple as ABC.”
Adeyemi Ibironke asks:
“While taking over prosecution of cases is an exclusive prerogative of attorney-general, is our AGF now so jobless that he's pursuing such a case, or is there an ulterior motive?”
Luther Ahanonu wrote:
The presiding judge gave the order on Monday, February 15, when the prosecuting counsel, Stanley Nwodo, notified the court of the absence of the defendant.
Six months ago, Legit.ng reported that the police have begun an investigation over the fight between Ohakim and Amuchienwa.
The ex-governor also told police operatives that the woman assaulted him inside a hotel room in Abuja.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.