Court Stops Arrest, Prosecution Of Opposition Spokesman


A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has restrained the arrest and prosecution of opposition coalition spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere by the Imo State government, the police or Department of State Security (DSS).

In an application for the enforcement of his fundamental rights, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere who is also the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Ideato North/South Federal Constituency prayed the court to void what he described as false allegations against his person, as they were all politically-motivated.

Mr. Ugochinyere contended that the false allegations were cooked in the Imo State Government House as a plot to stop him from further exposing the manipulation of the Voter register for which the Independent National Electoral Commission has deleted millions of fake registrations and about 13 of its members of staff undergoing disciplinary action.

The court therefore restrained the defendants including the Attorney General of Imo State, Nigeria Police Force, Inspector General of Police and Director General, State Security Services from further intimidating, harassing, embarrassing, inviting, arresting or detaining, prosecuting or charging to court the opposition spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere based on any issues connected to trumped up charges including the allegations of murder, robbery, arson, hacking into INEC database, terrorism, larceny, breach of national security all targeted at shutting him up against further exposure of voter register compromise.

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The court also awarded the sum of N5 million only as general and exemplary damages in favour of the applicant against the defendants jointly and severally.

It declared that the compromise of the voter register is a threat to democracy and voided the Police investigation report dated 18th October, 2022 and the charge in Charge No. OW/651/2022.

It has been a running battle between the Imo State Government and Mr. Ugochinyere following the exposure by the opposition spokesperson of the Omuma Magic compromise of the voters register. 


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