Former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, is embroiled in a nasty fight with a Nigerian woman he was sexually involved with, they eventually dragged themselves to the Police Station.
Ikedi Ohakim told the police the woman assaulted him inside a hotel room in Abuja.
The woman, whose name is Chinyere Amuchienwa, is from Imo State. She lives in Lagos where she deals in luxury items.
Mr Ohakim, 63, was governor from 2007 to 2011. He lost the election in 2019 when he contested again for the seat in Nigeria’s South-East.
He has been married for 39 years to Chioma Ohakim, a lawyer. They have five children and grandchildren.
In a petition dated January 20, which he sent to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Mr Ohakim said, “On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Miss Chinyere physically assaulted me. She deceived me and lured me with a meeting request. I subsequently invited her to my hotel room at BON Hotel, Asokoro and she arrived at about 20:15 p.m.
“Directly I opened the door quite innocently, pandemonium took over, she bounced on me grabbing me by my shirt with all her strength and gave me a violent push.”
Mr Ohakim continued, “As I staggered to recover, she rushed for my phone on the table and a struggle ensured (sic). Directly I retrieved the phones from her she immediately rushed to grab something from her bag which I strongly suspected to be a gun.”
Mr Ohakim said he ran outside his room, shouting for help.
The incident, he said to the police, could be confirmed from the hotel’s CCTV.
He said he “immediately” filed a complaint at a police station in Asokoro against his estranged mistress.
The former governor told the police that Ms Amuchienwa is a 56-year-old divorcee.
He said Ms Amuchienwa has been his friend whom he “lavishly extended a lot of favour to” and that she was even involved in his failed 2019 governorship election campaign, but that the relationship went sour and since then she has been threatening to “blackmail” and “destroy” him.
He said he was “completely terrified” and wanted the police chief, Mr Adamu, to intervene in the case.
He promised in his petition to provide specific evidence to the police to back up his allegations against Ms Amuchienwa.
Mr Ohakim described himself to the police as one who holds the traditional titles of “Ogbujingidi of Igbo land and the Otumba Tomitope of Yoruba land”, including “other 51 chieftaincy titles across Nigeria,” besides being a former governor of Imo state, a businessman and a “defence and security contractor.”
The police responded to Mr Ohakim’s petition and asked him to report at the force CID for an interview on June 1. They requested him to bring along specific evidence he said he had, including any other useful information that could help in the police investigation.
The police letter was signed by Abdulkadir Jimoh, a commissioner of police.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, the former governor and his estranged mistress reported at the force headquarters and were both interviewed by the assistant inspector-general of police in-charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau.
Ms Amuchienwa told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday, that Mr Ohakim did not tender any supporting evidence or call any witness during the police interview, an assertion this newspaper could not verify.
Mr Ohakim’s phone number returned “cannot receive call at the moment” when this newspaper tried repeatedly to reach the former governor over the weekend.
A text message sent to his phone line was also not delivered at the time of filing this report.
PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday, contacted Emmanuel Ohakim, a brother to the former governor, but the call was switched off immediately our reporter finished introducing himself. He did not call back or pick subsequent calls from the reporter.
Ms Amuchienwa, on her part, tendered some documents to the police to counter Mr Ohakim’s claims.
Mr Ohakim, through his lawyers, J. N. Egwuonwu & Co., wrote to the inspector-general of police on July 20 requesting copies of the documents tendered by Ms Amuchienwa, including her account statement with Access Bank.