Ex-wife of Fani Kayode, Precious Chikwendu arraigned for alleged murder attempt

Deborah Dan-Awoh

Former 2014 beauty Queen, Precious Chikwendu has been docked by the federal high court Abuja over attempt to murder her ex-husband and minister Femi Fani Kayode

Precious Chikwendu and Fani Kayode

On Monday, February 14 Precious Chikwendu was docked in a Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, before Justice Inyang Ekwo, for the alleged attempt to murder her former husband, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. 

In a charge number: FHCABJ/CR/1/2022 filed by the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), against Precious Chikwendu and three others;

The ex -wife was said to have attempted to stab Fani-Kayode with a kitchen knife on Nov. 24, 2018, at Asokoro, within the court jurisdiction.

Others arraigned alongside Precious include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu, and Osakwe Azubuike as 1st, 3rd, and 4th defendants, respectively, while others are said to be at large.

According to the 13-count charge dated and filed on Jan. 7, the defendants were also alleged to have committed offenses bordering on cybercrime, intimidation to kill Fani-Kayode by use of the Internet, threat to kill one Lauretta to cause her to end her relationship with Fani-Kayode.

They were alleged to have criminally used the internet to send abusive messages with the intent to bully, defame and harass her ex-husband.

Precious Chikwendu and Fani Kayode

In addition they were also alleged to have fabricated false evidence by deposing to a series of affidavits that Chief Fani-Kayode physically and assaulted members of his domestic staff in inhuman conduct by causing the same to be electronically published in a national daily.

Late last year Chikwendu was also alleged to have, through her Facebook page, referred to Fani-Kayode as “Mr. Short Fuse”, a term used for a man who is unable to provide sexual gratification for his partner.

The former beauty Queen was also alleged to have published a false insinuation about the ex-minister “by referring to him as sexually incapacitated and that he is not the biological father of the four children she had for him as a wife."

He said apart from the documentary evidence that would be tendered; electronic evidence had also been compiled to prosecute the case.

SAN Alex Ejesieme, a counsel to the ex-wife (2nd defendant), urged the court to admit the defendants to bail based on the earlier administrative bail granted them by the police.

Judge Ekwo had asked Ijagbemi if Precious Chikwendu was given administrative bail. In response Ijagbemi responded on affirmative and that two "sureties" were added.

Chikwendu faces a 13 charge count from defamation of character to alleged attempt at murder of Fani Kayode.

Justice Ekwo, who fixed April 27, April 28, and April 29 for trial commencement, ordered the defendants to continue on the terms of administrative bail earlier granted.

He directed the prosecution to submit all particulars of the defendants to the court registrar.

In an interview shortly after the sitting, Ijagbemi said the complainant would amend the charge to include an attempt by Chikwendu to kill the four children she had for the ex-minister.

“Because there are facts available to us that the 2nd defendant (Precious Chikwendu) attempted to kill her children, which we will bring to court at the next adjourned date,” he said.

According to Vanguard news, an effort to talk to Ejesieme, lawyer to the ex-wife, was unsuccessful as he refused to grant an interview.

From reports, Chikwendu, who was accused of infidelity by the former minister, has withdrawn various civil cases filed against Fani-Kayode.

Precious Chikwendu and Fani Kayode have been in a messy battle for child custody.

Although Precious and the ex-minister had parted ways, Fani Kayode said Chikwendu had always been given access to her children under close supervision due to her alleged mental challenges, which could hurt the children.

The former minister had also alleged that Chikwendu stopped calling the children on the telephone for about seven months now, contrary to her habit in the past.

Contrary to Fani Kayode's claims, since their separation got dramatic, Ms Precious had accused the former minister of not allowing access to her four sons.

The duo have had a messy brawl over custody of their children. Things got hotter in December after Precious accused him of violating a court order granting her access to the children.

NAN reports that the ex-wife’s arraignment in alleged defamation of character suit filed against her by former Senator, Mrs. Grace Bent, on Jan. 24, before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of FHC, was stalled due to her absence in court.

Chikwendu, an ex-beauty queen, was neither in court nor any lawyer representing her, and the judge fixed March 10 for her arraignment.