Celebrity Car Dealer IVD Faces Manslaughter Charges in Tragic Demise of Wife Abimbola

Lagos State Government Brings Case Against Ikechukwu Ogbonna, AKA IVD, in High-Profile Trial

Ikechukwu Ogbonna, widely recognized as IVD in the celebrity car dealership sphere, is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter following the tragic death of his wife, Abimbola. The Lagos State Government has initiated legal proceedings against the prominent auto dealer through the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), presenting the case before the High Court of Lagos in Ikeja.

The charges relate to the untimely passing of Abimbola, who lost her life in a fiery incident at the couple’s residence in Lekki district on October 15, 2022. The DPP has invoked Section 229 of the Lagos Criminal Law, charging IVD with involuntary manslaughter. An additional count charge has been appended to the original accusation.

IVD, also known as Ikechukwu Ogbonna, has entered a plea of not guilty, and the trial is now underway before Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay. The revelation came during the proceedings that the late Abimbola had filed a petition against her husband before her tragic demise. DSP Fetuga Olatunji, who provided testimony on behalf of the Lagos State Government, disclosed:

“The AIG gave a directive to effect the arrest of the defendant (Ikechukwu) for attempted murder, threat to life, domestic violence, and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. When we learnt that the matter was reported at the Ajah Police Station, a signal was sent that both the case file and the suspect be transferred to the zonal headquarters.”

“My team obtained a statement from Abimbola’s mother because she (Abimbola) was not in the right state of health. However, two days later, and while waiting for the case file alongside the suspect to be brought to Zone 2, another information came that Abimbola had died.”

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The witness further revealed that efforts to locate and obtain a statement from Ikechukwu were hampered as he was unreachable, with his phones switched off.

During cross-examination by IVD’s attorney, Victor Ogunde (SAN), DSP Olatunji clarified, “Every concluded investigation must have a police report. The reason we didn’t have a report is because the investigation on the case was not concluded by us.”

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay admitted several documents, including the case file’s index, entry, minute sheet, statement of the complainant’s witness, certified true copy (CTC) of the petition, and a copy of the signal to the Ajah Police Station, as exhibits.

The trial has been adjourned to December 13, 2023, as the legal proceedings continue to unfold.

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