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Court objects bail application of Ikechukwu: IVD



Court objects bail application of Ikechukwu: IVD

Court objects bail application of Ikechukwu: IVD

Ikechukwu Darry Ogbonna, also known as IVD, is a well-known entrepreneur, singer, and business mogul selling automobiles and other car parts.

Bimbo Martins-Ogbonna Died of Domestic Violence, Says Family Lawyer. Following the sudden death of Mrs Abimbola, who died recently in a fire incident, the family has alleged that their late daughter suffered severe domestic violence and abuse at the hands of her husband, Mr Ogbonna.


Lagos State Indicted on IVD’s Bail efforts

The Lagos State Government has been accused of opposing the bail request of Mr Ikechukwu Ogbonna (IVD), who is currently at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre for a charge of involuntary manslaughter following his alleged conspiracy in the circumstances which led to the death of his wife, 35 years old Mrs Bimbo Ogbonna.



Court objects bail application of Ikechukwu: IVD

On January 31 2023, a Lagos State Magistrate Court remanded Mr Ogbonna in Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending his formal arraignment on a charge of manslaughter of his wife. Bimbo died following severe burns inflicted on her in a fire incident at their home while her husband, who was seen video recording the burning house from outside the premises rather than call for rescue.

Despite the development, Mr Ogbonna was still allowed to breathe the air of freedom until Amnesty International and Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF) intervened.

Ogbonna Likely Guilty of manslaughter Offence

While the Executive Director of MARF, Lemmy Ughegbe, speaking at a press conference, exhibited persuasive and compelling evidence sufficient for Lagos State to re-arrest and file new charges against Mr Ogbonna, Amnesty International and Bimbo’s family through their counsel, Barr. Odiana Eriata wrote the Lagos State command demanding a review of the amount of negligence as it fell short of the expectation of the law.

In what appears to be a response, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution reviewed the charge upward by slamming Mr Ogbonna with the amount of manslaughter punishable under Section 229 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State with life imprisonment.

Lagos State Government Denies Bail Pending Arraignment

When the matter came up Thursday before Magistrate Court 7 presided over by Mrs Adebayo Kafayat Tella in the yaba magisterial district, Holden at court 7, but-metta, she refused Mr Ogbonna’s bail plea. Instead, she ordered that he be remanded in prison until March 7, 2023, to enable the Director of Public Prosecution to file the charge at the proper court.

However, eager to breathe the air of freedom, Mr Ogbonna, on Thursday, January 9 2023, approached the Lagos State High Court, praying it to grant him bail, pending his formal arraignment by the Lagos State Government.

In the bail application, his counsel, Victor Ogude (SAN), argued he prayed the court to grant his client bail to enable him to financially support his children. Ogude (SAN) claimed that the charge of manslaughter was bailable and therefore entitled his client to bail.


Court objects bail application of Ikechukwu: IVD

In an affidavit supporting the bail request deposed to by Ogbonna’s brother, Ifeanyi Elvis Ogbonna, he said the applicant was emotionally and psychologically drained in custody without being arraigned.

Opposing the bail application, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr Babajide Martins, said Mr Ogbonna was a flight risk and could flee from justice if granted bail based on the severity of the punishment for the offence. It is trite that offences that attract capital punishment are ordinarily not bailable except on unique and compelling circumstances of a life-threatening ailment.


Court objects bail application of Ikechukwu: IVD

Dr Martins also argued that the applicant’s counsel has not shown any compelling reason his client should be admitted to bail.  After listening to the arguments by both counsels,  Justice Nicole Clay adjourned to February 23 2023, to deliver a ruling.

Ogbonna is facing a new charge of involuntary manslaughter contrary to section 224(b)/and punishable under section 229 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state.  Ogbonna would face life imprisonment as prescribed by Section 229 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State if found guilty.

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