By Olalekan Awojodu
Precious Chikwendu, the estranged lover of Femi Fani-Kayode, has instituted a fundamental rights enforcement suit at the Federal High Court against former Minister of Aviation (Femi Fani-Kayode), the Inspector General of Police, his officers and men etc, wherein she is claiming the sum of N800million 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 is demanding the said amount because of the roles of the respondents in intimidating and harassing her during the pendency of her custody suit.
Specifically, Precious Chikwendu is asking the court to restrain the IGP and his officers and men from intimidating and harassing her in any form whatsoever pending the hearing and determination of her suit seeking the custody of her four children for Fani-Kayode.
The applicant is also also asking for order enforcing her fundamental human rights as according to her, she is apprehensive of an imminent violation of her fundamental human rights in actualization of threats to her life by Fani-Kayode and in the face of the nonchalance and refusal of the 1st to the 3rd respondents (IGP, DIG Force CID and CP FCT) to investigate her genuine petitions of threat to life against the 5th respondent (Fani-Kayode).
She further sought a declaration that the invitation letters dated March 10th, 2021 written by the 4th respondent (Idachaba) amounts to a rise by the 5th respondent in cahoots with the 1st to 4th respondents, to stultify and interpose in Suit No CV/372/2021 and to orchestrate a contravention of her fundamental human rights as enshrined in Part IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) by imminent unlawful harassment by invitation, interrogation, molestation and detention of the applicant.
Chikwendu through her counsel Abdul-Aziz Jimoh sought for a declaration that she is not bound to honor the invitation of the 1st to 4th respondents in relation to a purported conspiracy and forgery of court records during the pendency of suit no CV/372/2021 between her and the 5yh respondent.
In an affidavit in support of the application deposed to by Chikwendu she averred that “ 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 (4) 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.
She further contended that “the 5th respondent, in cahoots with his pineal 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.
She stated that she is fearful of her life as the 5th respondent has been bragging that he could do anything to her and nothing will and that inspire of her several petitions to the 1st respondent (IGP) alleging threats to her life by the 5th respondent he has refused to act on her petition.
She said that she had also petitioned the Commissioner of Police FCT the 3rd respondent alleging threats to her life by the 5th respondent and that the Commissioner has refused to act on her petition thus prompting her to go to court to enforce her funds human rights.
No date has been fixed for mentioning of the matter.