Abuja police command has launched a manhunt for Anthonia Uchenna, a nanny who accused her former boss and ex-Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, of sexual harassment.
In a report by Punch newspaper, others who’re being hunted are Emmanuel Anakan (former canine handler), Osakwe Azubuike (former carpenter), Oko Emmanuel (former prepare dinner), Daniel Gona (former driver), and Agbolo Edah (former prepare dinner), all of whom accused the ex-minister of assault.
PUNCH reporter, Eniola Akinkuotu, who interviewed Fani-Kayode’s ex-workers, was additionally invited by the police for questioning whereas a former driver to Fani-Kayode, Jonathan Gaiya, was arrested and made to withdraw his allegations.
He was subsequently launched after which requested to return often to the police to make statements.
The Head, Authorized Division on the FCT SCID, James Idachaba, reportedly mentioned it was solely an investigation and people accused could be charged to courtroom if the Pressure established a prima facie case in opposition to them.
He was quoted as saying, “I’m a lawyer of over 20 years. I don’t examine libel circumstances.
“The petition despatched to the CP and forwarded to me is that of legal defamation. That’s what I’m investigating together with the fabrication of a false assertion.
“We don’t do this (pressure individuals to recant statements) in our workplace. He (driver) was delivered to my workplace and it was recorded. We’re conducting investigation and if we see there’s a prima facie case, we cost to courtroom.”
Punch mentioned about eight of Fani-Kayode’s former home workers members had visited the corporate’s workplace in Abuja the place they took turns to degree allegations of assault and sexual harassment in opposition to the previous minister. The previous home employees had additionally acknowledged the allegations in affidavits.
In a bid to get a response from Fani-Kayode, The PUNCH had forwarded all of the affidavits to him on March 9, 2021, to make sure steadiness.
In response, Fani-Kayode wrote a petition to the State Legal Investigation Division, FCT command, accusing his former employees of defamation and perjury.
A few of the former home aides, who’ve now gone into hiding for concern of retribution, mentioned the ex-minister resorted to strong-arm techniques to compel them to withdraw their statements, Punch reported.
The police invited the reporter, Akinkuotu, who had carried out the interview.
In a letter titled, ‘Letter of Invitation. Re: Eniola Akinkuotu’, signed by the officer accountable for the authorized part, CSP James Idachaba, The PUNCH was requested to provide Akinkuotu on March 22, 2021.
The letter, which was addressed to the Managing Director, PUNCH Nigeria Restricted, dated March 17, 2021, with reference quantity AR:3000/FCT/X/D10/Vol.6/178, was delivered to The PUNCH workplace by one Iorshagher Terkaa
It learn partially, “This workplace is investigating a case of conspiracy, perjury and defamation of character whereby your workers named above is required as a witness to reach at a profitable conclusion.
“In view of the above, you might be requested to launch the above-named individual to interview the undersigned on March 22, 2021, by 10.00hrs. As we await your immediate response, settle for the esteemed regards of the commissioner of Police FCT.”
The PUNCH revealed the interviews of the home servants regardless of spirited makes an attempt by Fani-Kayode to get the newspaper to drop the story.
One of many ex-workers, Oko, had informed The PUNCH within the interview that the ex-minister as soon as chased him round the home with a knife as a result of he was not glad together with his cooking.
Oko, who labored for the ex-minister for six months, had mentioned, “Chief Fani-Kayode is a paranoid soul that will get indignant for no cause. There was a time he held a knife and was strolling across the desk and mentioned ‘I’ll kill you now’, ‘I’ll ship you to hell now’. I’d be working across the kitchen whereas his police orderlies could be watching,” he mentioned.
Fani-Kayode, who had mentioned he was not going to react to the allegations when contacted earlier than the publication, nonetheless, despatched a pre-litigation letter to The PUNCH on March 18, 2021, claiming that he was not allowed to reply to the allegations.
The previous minister, in a letter signed by his lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, mentioned the whole episode was orchestrated by his ex-lover and mom of his 4 sons, Treasured Chikwendu, who’s engaged in a custody battle with him.
He requested The PUNCH to enter into negotiations for the potential fee of N6 billion as damages for the defamation of his character.
The letter learn partially, “Please be aware that our shopper’s intention to institute a civil go well with in opposition to your organisation for defamation alongside Ms Treasured Chikwendu and her sister, Prisca Chikwendu, who’re believed by our shopper to be the masterminds of this scandalous assemblage.
“We’re not unmindful of the roles performed by Emmanuel Anakan (former canine handler), Anthonia Uchenna (former nanny), Osakwe Azubuike (former carpenter), Jonathan Gaiya (former driver), Oko Emmanuel (a former chef), Daniel driver (former driver), and Agbolo Kosi Edah in actualising the maliciously scripted plan to defame our shopper. They will even be legally proceeded in opposition to.
“Nevertheless, for no matter it’s value, you might want to enter into negotiations with us for the sum of N6bn as a token quantity for penitence, apologise to our shopper on the platform you made out there to scandalise him and thereafter help the police with the investigation.”