By Uche Amunike
The ex-wife of former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, FFK, Precious Chikwendu has filed a fundamental rights enforcement at the Federal High Court in Abuja, against her ex-husband, Femi Fani-Kayode, the Inspector General of Police, his officers and men as well, claiming Eight hundred million naira, (N800m) as damages.
Other respondents are the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force CID, Commissioner of Police, FCT, CSP James Idachaba, (OC legal CID) FCT Command.
The plaintiff, Precious Chikwendu stated that the reason why she was demanding the N800m damages was because of the part played by the respondents in intimidating and harassing her while her custody suit lasted.
In the suit filed by her lawyer, Abdul-Aziz, Chikwendu pointedly demanded that the court should restrain the IGP, his officers and men from intimidating and harassing her in any form, pending the hearing and determination of her suit seeking the custody of her four children with FFK.
She also demanded an order enforcing her fundamental human rights as she was scared that such rights might be violated especially as her ex-husband, FFK, made threats to her life and in addition, because of the nonchalance she claims was shown by the first, second and third respondents,( IGP, DIG Force CID and CP, FCT) investigating her genuine petitions of threat to life against the fifth respondent, FFK.
Chikwendu demanded a declaration that she was not obligated to honour the invitation of the first to fourth respondents, considering the purported conspiracy and forgery of court records during the pendency of Suit No CV37/372/2021 between her and the 5th respondent.
Her Affidavit which supported her application read:
‘I was in a most tempestuous and violent relationship with the 5th respondent (Fani-Kayode), a qualified legal practitioner, a politician and a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’
‘The 5th respondent and I have four children together and I am forcefully separated from our children who are all minors.’
‘Consequent upon the unbridled violence perpetrated against me by the 5th respondent and the forceful separation from our children, I filed a suit in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with Suit No CV/372/2021.’
‘Rather than allow the contending matters placed before the FCT High Court to be determined by the Honorable Court, the 5th respondent has persisted in using the police officers under the control of the 1st respondent (IGP) and supervised by the 2nd respondent (Commissioner of Police FCT) incessantly to intimidate and harass me with a view to interfering in the adjudicatory powers of a competent court of justice.’
‘That the 5th respondent, in cahoots with his counsel, being legal practitioners and officers of the court contrived a purported petition against me alleging forgery and falsification of court records in relation to the matter pending before the FCT High Court’.
Chikwendu also admitted to petitioning the CP, FCT, the third respondent confirming threats to her life by the 5th respondent, saying that the commissioner refused to act on the petition which was why she had to go to court to demand her fundamental human rights.
The date for mentioning the case is yet to be fixed.