The first son of the late former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, was yesterday arraigned before the Magistrate Court 11 in Lokoja for alleged armed robbery.
Mr. Audu’s eldest son, Mohammed Audu, and some 15 other family members were reportedly arrested on Wednesday for alleged ‘culpable homicide, robbery and mischief’. Mohammed was subsequently detained and charged to court yesterday.
Apart from armed robbery, other charges in the First Information Report filed by the police against Mohammed were criminal conspiracy, causing mischief and grievous hurt as well as attempted culpable homicide, all contrary to sections 97 (1), 248, 327, 298 and 229 of the Penal Code.
Mohammed’s uncle, Alhaji Yahaya Audu, who was the complainant in the case, alleged that he was attacked by some hoodlums in his home at Ogbonicha on August 30.
Police prosecutor, Gabriel Otuwo, told the court that his client was in the village to attend the eight-day Fidau prayer of one Daudu Audu when the hoodlums heavily armed with guns, cutlasses and axe, invaded his compound, pretending to be visitors.
He welcome them and they requested that he should give them something no matter how small, and in the process of walking towards his Hummer SUV to give them money, he was attacked from behind with a machete, as they beat him thoroughly, inflicting bodily injuries on him.
Otuwo said prior to his attack, his client had complained to the police Audu’s son, Mohammed, promised to deal with him, calling him a traitor for daring to collect an award on behalf of his late father, and fingered him (Mohammed) as the mastermind of the attack.
Adding that it was the police investigation that led to Mohammed’s arrest and subsequent arraignment. He said others who carried out the attack are still at large while investigation is still ongoing.
Counsel to the accused, Okechukwu Ayewu, in his response, urged the court to grant his client bail on ground that there was no link of the offence with the accused. He assured the court that his client would neither abscond nor interfere with police investigation if granted bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Hussain,however, heeded the demand of the defense council and admitted Mohammed to bail, with a directive that he must make himself available for every court session.
The court adjourned till September 29, 2016 for further proceedings in the matter.