Ms Chinyere Amuchienwa, the mistress of Imo State’s former governor, Ikedi Ohakim, who was charged with assaulting him, has responded to the allegation.
It had been claimed earlier that the former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, was engaged in a dirty fight with a Nigerian woman with whom he had an affair.
According to him, he was attacked by the woman Chinyere Amuchienwa inside a hotel room in Abuja, while saying he had evidence against her and supporting documents.
The police had asked him to tender his evidences on June 1, however, while speaking with newsmen, ms Amuchienwa said Mr Ohakim did not tender any supporting evidence or call any witness during the police interview.
A brother to the former governor, Emmanuel Ohakim, was called, but he however turned of the call when we introduced yourself.
On her part, Ms Amuchienwa, tendered some documents to the police to counter Mr Ohakim’s claims. questions
Mr Ohakim, through his lawyers, J. N. Egwuonwu & Co., wrote to the inspector-general of police on July 20 requesting copies of the documents tendered by Ms Amuchienwa, including her account statement with Access Bank, which the lawyers said she claimed she used to transfer some money to Mr Ohakim.
Patrick Agu, a lawyer in the chambers, promised to update us on the case.
He further promised to inform us if the documents tendered by Ms Amuchienwa were released to them. But he did not call back. He did not also pick subsequent calls from the reporter.
Ms Amuchienwa, has admitted to having a relationship with the former governor.
“I am an adult and I am entitled to date anybody I choose to,” she said.
However, she said the fight ensued because Mr Ohakim took some money from her and was yet to pay back.
She also said Mr Ohakim visited her shop in Lagos and carted away designer’s suitcase, bags, shoes, and other luxury goods, which he has allegedly refused to pay for.
Mr Ohakim, in his petition, addressed this claim by Ms Amuchienwa. He said he got the items as gifts from her.
“Two or three times she travelled out, she bought some gift items for me purely unsolicited and in reciprocal to mine. Items such as coffee, perfume, bag and shirt,” he said.
However, Ms Amuchienwa dismissed the claim, saying they were not gifts, but just things they picked up on credit.
Ms Amuchienwa, during her interview addressed Mr Ohakim a “scammer”.
“I kept asking (Ohakim) every day, ‘What do you do for a living?’ The day I knew he was a scammer was the day he made a voice note and mentioned that he took my $200,000.”
She played the VN, but it hasn’t yet been ascertained if it is the voice of Mr Ohakim or not.
On the incident at BON Hotel, Abuja, Ms Amuchienwa disputed the claims by Mr Ohakim.
She said she was invited to the hotel by the former governor and that she accepted the invitation because she thought it was about the money he was allegedly owing her.
“I was invited to the hotel, the appointment was made (since) last year when I said I would not see him anymore…. And it’s still based on the money Ohakim is owing me. We don’t have any reason to meet anymore, we don’t even have any communication anymore.”
Ms Amuchienwa said Mr Ohakim snatched her phone, ran out of the hotel room with it when she declined to sit down with him.
She said she walked down the stairs to the hotel reception and reported the incident to the hotel officials.
Shortly after, police officers from the Asokoro police station visited BON Hotel on Mr Ohakim’s prompting.
All the items in her handbag, she said, were poured out at the reception and no gun was found as alleged by Mr Ohakim.
Both Mr Ohakim and Ms Amuchienwa were subsequently interviewed at the Asokoro police station over the incident.
Ms Amuchienwa said she declined a ride from the former governor when both of them were done and were about leaving the station.
Mr Ohakim in his petition to the police chief, Mr Adamu, said Ms Amuchienwa, accompanied by people he suspected to be hired thugs, used a vehicle to barricade the entrance to his residence in Abuja in May last year.
Ms Amuchienwa told PREMIUM TIMES the allegation was false.
She said she went only with a driver to Mr Ohakim’s residence, met with his orderly and peacefully asked if he (Ohakim) had left her money with him.
Ms Amuchienwa also responded to Mr Ohakim’s allegation that she could not account for over N100 million she received from him for the prosecution of the 2019 governorship election campaign in Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo state, where she was the co-ordinator.
She said the former governor could not provide any evidence or witness to substantiate the allegation when the police at the force headquarters requested him to do so.
“They asked him (Ohakim), ‘you said you gave her N100 million, how did you give it to her?’ He said he was the one who carried it (in cash) to her. Nobody was there? No signature?” Ms Amuchienwa told PREMIUM TIMES.
“I have never asked him for N700 million (as he is claiming in his petition),” she said. “I don’t blackmail. All I want is for Ikedi Ohakim to give me back my money.”
She, however, declined to mention the total money Mr Ohakim was owing her.
“Ikedi (Ohakim) brought land document and showed to me, he said the land belonged to him. The land is on the airport road in Lagos, he even took us there. He said he was waiting for payment from the buyer of the land and that when they pay him he would be able to pay (me my money).
“It was when this trouble started that we discovered the land didn’t belong to Ikedi Ohakim. It is this land he has been using to scam me.
“The witnesses who are aware that I gave him money have volunteered their statement to the police,” Ms Amuchienwa said.
PREMIUM TIMES asked Ms Amuchienwa if she did not consider that the wife of Mr Ohakim could have been at home when she went to meet the Mr Ohakim’s order.
“Is he married? Why do you people want me to get into that point? Is Ikedi Ohakim married?” she responded.
Ms Amuchienwa said Mr Ohakim gave her a “fake diamond ring” as an engagement ring.
The former governor, in his petition to the police, confirmed he bought a “very expensive diamond ring” for Ms Amuchienwa
He, however, said the ring was just a gift to her and that he bought it in response to a request from her.