Court Stops Police from inviting Ihedioha, Ugochinyere, others

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A High Court siting in the Federal Capital Territory has set aside/nullified the Police letter of invitation sent to the Ideato Federal House of Representatives elect, Ugochinyere Ikenga, former Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his deputy Gerald Irona dated 13th March, 2023 which the Police wanted to question them over allegations of murder, terrorism and arson.

In a ruling dated 24th March, 2023 between Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Ikeagwuonu and seven respondents including the Governor of Imo State, Department of State Services, Nigeria Police Force, Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police Imo State, Ebubeagu Security Network and the DIG in charge of FIIB, the Court stated, “it is hereby ordered that the letter dated 13th March, 2023 with Reference No. AR3000/ims/dfa/sib/vol.1/58 titled –“INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES- RE: CASE OF MUDER(SIC), KIDNAPPING AND ARSON” be set aside pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

The Court further held that “the Respondents are restrained whether by themselves, agents, officers, staff, privies or howsoever described from giving any effect, carrying out, proceeding with, arresting, further inviting or taking any other steps in furtherance of or in connection with the said letter of invitation dated 13th March, 2023 as it affects the Applicant pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

In the letter addressed to the Imo State Chairman of PDP, Chief Charles Ugwu, the Commissioner of Police invited former Governor Emeka Ihedioha, former Deputy Governor Gerald Irona and House of Representatives member elect, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere in connection to what it called investigation into a case of Murder, Kidnapping and Arson.

The matter was thereafter adjourned to 4th April, 2023 for hearing.

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