The police charged her before Justice Inyang Ekwo with attempted culpable homicide.
In a 13-count charge dated and filed on January 7, the defendants were also alleged to have committed offences bordering on cybercrime, intimidation to kill Fani-Kayode by use of Internet, threat to kill one Lauretta in order to cause her to leave her relationship with Fani-Kayode.
They were alleged to have criminally used internet to send abusive messages with intent to bully, defame and harass her ex-husband.
Chikwendu was also alleged to have, through her Facebook page, referred to Fani-Kayode as “Mr Short Fuse,” on Dec. 7, 2021.
She was alleged to have published a false imputation against the ex-minister “by referring to him as a person who is sexually incapacitated and that he is not the biological father of the four children she had for him as a wife.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts, which are said to be punishable under Section 392 of the Penal Code, among others.
He said apart from the documentary evidence that would be tendered, electronic evidence had also been compiled to prosecute the case.
Alex Ejesieme (SAN), 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.
“Did you give them administrative bail?” the judge asked.
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 own children which we will bring to court in the next adjourned date,” he said.
However, effort to talk to Ejesieme, lawyer to the ex-wife, was unsuccessful as he refused to grant interview.
Although the duo had parted ways, the former minister said Chikwendu had always been given access to her children under closed supervision due to her alleged mental challenges which could result to hurting the children.
The former minister had also alleged that Chikwendu stopped calling the children on telephone for about seven months now contrary to her habit in the past.
Chikwendu, an ex-beauty queen, was neither in court nor any lawyer represented her and the judge fixed March 10 for her arraignment.