By Benjamin Arida://
Estranged wife of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode also known as FFK, Precious Chikwendu has dragged him; the Inspector-General of Police, IGP and the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT Command to the Senate over allegations of threat to life and harassment by the Nigeria Police on the order of her former husband.
Chikwendu had through his lawyer, Abdul-Aziz Jimoh alleged that Fani-Kayode was using the IGP, Usman Alkali Baba; FCT Commissioner of Police and Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP James Idachaba to separate her from having custody of her four children.
Specifically, the estranged wife is asking the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the issues raised in her petition and that the IGP be compelled to stop forthwith in engaging in a less salubrious alliance with Fani-Kayode in his child custody dispute pending at the FCT High Court and the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.
Chikwendu, in the petition submitted by her lawyer is further praying the committee to stop the IGP and his officers from continuing to invite, harass, arrest, detain or do anything inconsistent with “our client’s rights pending the determination of the matter pending at the Federal High Court.”
According to the petition, Jimoh alleged that “following Chief Fani-Kayode’s denial of access to her children our client proceeded to the FCT High Court on February 10th, 2021 filed suit number CV/372/2021 against him. It is simply because of this suit that Fani-Kayode enlisted the services of the Nigerian Police Force to harass our client, by causing his lawyer to write a spurious petition to the police over the same matter pending in a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Chief Fani-Kayode rather than submit to the jurisdiction of the court and defend himself as would most law abiding citizens proceeded to level allegation against our client that she was involved in a “criminal consultancy, forgery and falsification of court records. The said forgery was purportedly in respect of the receipt of court papers by Chief Fani-Kayode, who alleged that the signature presented by the court bailiff was a forged one” he added.
Jimoh further said that “it is more curious to note that these allegations were in respect of a matter pending in court and the normal thing would have been for the court to have been informed formally and the chief registrar of the court duly informed too by the formal complaint.
“However, in an attempt to frustrate our client’s custody case against him, Fani-kayode qualified legal practitioner, has enlisted the services of the Nigerian Police to harass, intimidate and detain our clients on numerous occasions after she filed a law suit against him.
“Since our client instituted a law suit against for the custody of her four children, Fani-Kayode and the Nigerian Police have continued to act in collusion to interfere in the lawful administration of justice by intimidating her to giving up on what is a lawful ventilation of a legal grievance.
“Our client has also fined a fundamental rights enforcement suit at the Federal High Court with the IGP and other senior police officers involved in the harassment and Fani-Kayode as parties and they have all been served with the court processes” he stressed.
Jimoh informed that “the IGP and his officers having been served with the Court processes for the enforcement of our client’s fundamental human rights on July 12, 2021 have since continued to invite, harass and detain her in police cell.”
“Specifically, acting under another petition authored by the same counsel with Fani-Kayode in the child custody case, the police invited our client via an invitation letter dated 2nd August 2021, and when she honored the invitation dated 4th, 2021, she was detained overnight in a police cell purportedly over the publication she had made online.”