The Nigerian Police on Monday arraigned Mrs. Precious Chikwendu, the estranged wife of former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, at the Federal High Court Abuja for attempting to murder her former husband.
Precious was charged before Justice Inyang Ekwo with attempted culpable homicide.
In a charge number: FHCABJ/CR/1/2022 filed by the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), against Ms. Chikwendu and three others, the ex-wife was said to have attempted to stab Fani-Kayode with a kitchen knife on Nov. 24, 2018, at Asokoro, within the court jurisdiction.
Others arraigned alongside Precious include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu, and Osakwe Azubuike as 1st, 3rd, and 4th defendants respectively, while others are said to be at large.
In the 13-count charge dated and filed on January 7, the defendants were also alleged to have committed offenses bordering on cybercrime, intimidation to kill Mr. Fani-Kayode by use of the Internet, threat to kill one Lauretta in order to cause her to leave her relationship with Mr. Fani-Kayode.
They were alleged to have criminally used the internet to send abusive messages with the intent to bully, defame and harass her ex-husband.
They were also alleged to have fabricated false evidence by deposing to a series of affidavits that Mr. Fani-Kayode physically and sexually assaulted members of his domestic staff in inhuman conduct by causing same to be electronically published in a national daily.
Ms. Chikwendu was also alleged to have, through her Facebook page, referred to Mr. Fani-Kayode as “Mr Short Fuse”.
She was also alleged to have published a false imputation against the ex-minister “by referring to him as a person who is sexually incapacitated and that he is not the biological father of the four children she had for him as a wife.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts, which are said to be punishable under Section 392 of the Penal Code, among others.
Meanwhile, Ms. Chikwendu’s lawyer, Alex Ejesieme, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, urged the court to grant the defendants bail based on the earlier administrative bail granted them by the police.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed April 27, April 28, and April 29 for trial.