Former governor Imo accused of providing false information
Ikedioha Ohakim is facing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on three counts.
On Wednesday, the inspector general of police convicted the former governor of Imo state for providing false information and pleaded not guilty to the charges made at the hearing.
After pleading not guilty, former KCO Governor Njemanze SAN’s attorney filed a motion for notice of bail under sections 158 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and section 35 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the senior lawyer, the crime the former governor was charged with could be remedied.
He assured the court that the defendant was willing to provide reasonable assurances if the court did not wish to grant him bail in recognition of himself as a former governor of one of the states.
Prosecutor Stanley Nwodo, however, vehemently opposed the bail request, saying the former governor had shamed several police investigations.
According to him, “there are several arrest warrants (of the accused).”
Claiming that while the charges against Ohakim could be dropped, the prosecution’s counsel stated that the bail was not absolute, adding that it was the prosecution’s responsibility to preside over his release.
He told the court that the accused had the opportunity to interfere with the administration of justice, adding that “the prosecution is concerned about the accused’s past.”
Therefore, he urged the court to treat the application for bail with caution.
In its court session, the decision of Samira Bature stated that the bail remains at the discretion of the court and, therefore, it was accepted on bail in the amount of 10 million New Zealand dollars and a surety for the same amount.
The surety, in the court’s opinion, will be a respected person in a company with a fixed address in the jurisdiction of the court.
However, the former governor is instructed not to interfere with the prosecution or witnesses, and if this is not met, the bail will be canceled.