June 8, 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied reports accusing ambassador-designate Ingekim Regina Ocheni, of human trafficking, forgery and perjury, stating that the accusations are frivolous and unfounded.

It described the publication as an attempt to assassinate Ocheni’s character for acting in her official capacity as a former Director Training and Staff Welfare of the ministry and in accordance with extant rules.

The ministry said this in a statement on Wednesday, by its spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, in reaction to the report which was premised on a letter written to the German Ambassador in Nigeria by one Mr Winston Obikwelu.

The statement was titled, ‘Ministry of foreign affairs refutes allegations against Mrs Ingekim Ocheni, ambassador-designate.’

It noted that Ocheni was saddled with the responsibility of handling issues related to the death of Mrs Emmanuella Obikwelu, a staff of the ministry and a former wife to Mr Obikwelu, as expected of her office.

This, it added, eventually led to the handing of the children Mrs Obikwelu had with her ex-husband to their grandparents, Mr and Mrs Godian Amadi, who doubles as her biological parents, whom she had registered as her Next-of-Kin.

It said, “The ministry ,therefore, wishes to re-emphasize that the children are currently in custody of their grandparents and parent of the deceased, who she documented as her Next-of-Kin in accordance with extant regulations.

“The agitation instigated by Mr Obikwelu could as such be considered a family affair, which the ministry or any of its officials should not be dragged into. Alternatively, aggrieved persons may wish to seek redress in court of competent jurisdiction.”

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