Mohammed Audu, the eldest son of the former governor of Kogi state, the late Prince Abubakar Audu, was on Thursday arraigned before a Lokoja Magistrates’ Court, on grounds of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous harm, mischief, armed robbery and attempt to commit culpable homicide.
Mohammed was apprehended by the state Police Command on Wednesday night after he honoured an invitation at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Police Headquarters in Lokoja.
The prosecutor, Gabriel Otuwo, told the court that the accused committed the offences against his uncle, Prince Yahaya Audu, on August 30, in the family house at Ogbonicha, Ofu Local Government Area.
According to him, on September 2, Mohammed’s uncle, Yahaya Audu, reported to SARS office in Lokoja that he and one Ibrahim Abubakar were attacked by hoodlums.
He said: “Yahaya Audu was in the village for the eight day fidau prayer of Daudu Audu, when the hoodlums, armed with guns, cutlasses and axe, invaded his compound, pretending to be visitors.
“He welcomed them and they requested that he should give them something, no matter how small. While walking towards his hummer jeep to give them money, he was attacked from behind. He fell. When they attempted to carry him, he escaped into a nearby bush.
“The gang vandalised his hummer jeep and made away with his Samsung Note 3. Ibrahim Abubakar and Yahaya Audu sustained bullet injuries and were rushed to Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.”
The prosecutor said the offences are in contrary to sections 97(1), 248, 327, 298 and 229 of the Penal Code.
In his judgement, Chief Magistrate Alhassan Husaini said: “I find merit in the bail application, which should be granted. Accordingly, the accused person is admitted on bail in sum of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.”
The accused person perfected the bail condition without delay and the case was adjourned to September 29 for further mentioning.