Fani-Kayode and Chikwendu’s marriage crashed in 2020 over the former’s domestic violence claim and the latter’s counter-claim of infidelity. They have since been in a heated legal tussle for the custody of their children.
Chikwendu filed a suit at a federal high court in Abuja, seeking the enforcement of her fundamental human rights.
In the suit the plaintiff filed against five respondents, the actress claimed N800 million as damages.
Others listed as respondents are the deputy inspector general (DIG) at the Force CID (criminal investigation department), commissioner of police at the FCT, and James Idachaba (OC Legal CID) at the FCT command.
In the suit filed by Abdul-Aziz Jimoh, her counsel, the mother of four alleged the roles of the respondents in “intimidating and harassing” her during the pendency of her custody suit.
She also asked the court to restrain the IGP and his officers from intimidating and harassing her pending the hearing and determination of her lawsuit seeking the custody of her four children with Fani-Kayode.
She said she feared an imminent violation of such rights following alleged threats to her life by the ex-minister.
Chikwendu stated that the IGP, DIG Force CID, and CP FCT “nonchalantly refused” to investigate her petitions of threat to life as filed against Fani-Kayode, the fifth respondent.
Chikwendu also sought a declaration that she was not bound to honour the invitation of the respondents in relation to a purported forgery of court records during the pendency of suit filed as “CV/372/2021” between her and Fani-Kayode.
In an affidavit, Chikwendu was quoted as saying: “I was in a most tempestuous and violent relationship with Fani-Kayode, a qualified legal practitioner, a politician, and a former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Consequent upon the unbridled violence perpetrated against me by the fifth respondent and the forceful separation from our children, I filed a suit in the High Court of the FCT, 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 fifth respondent has persisted in using the police officers under the control of the first respondent (IGP) and supervised by the second respondent (Commissioner of Police FCT) to incessantly to intimidate and harass me with a view to interfering in the adjudicatory powers of a competent court of justice.”
Chikwendu claimed she petitioned the commissioner of police in FCT to alleged threats to her life by Fani-Kayode but he refused to act on her petition, prompting her to go to court to enforce her fundamental human rights.
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