Why we arrested ex-Kogi Gov. Abubakar Audu’s son, family members — Police

PIC. 21. KOGI GOVERNOR-ELECT, YAHAYA BELLO, IN LOKOJA ON WEDNESDAY (9/12/15). 
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PIC. 21. KOGI GOVERNOR-ELECT, YAHAYA BELLO, IN LOKOJA ON WEDNESDAY (9/12/15). 7529/9/12/2015/BJO/NAN

Family members of late Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi State were arrested by the police for alleged “culpable homicide, robbery and mischief”, a spokesperson for the police in that state has told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Audu’s eldest son, Mohammed, and some 15 other family members were arrested on Wednesday.

The spokesperson, who merely identified himself as ASP Ovye, confirmed the arrest on Thursday morning.

He had earlier told this newspaper that he needed time to contact the relevant police unit for information on the arrest.

He said the arrests were effected by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

Mr. Ovye did not give details. He advised further questions be directed to the state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Ibrahim.

Contacted, Mr. Ibrahim said the police were “still investigating” the matter.

“It’s after investigation that we will tell you,” he told PREMIUM TIMES. “What I know is that they were reported and we acted.”

Asked when the arrested persons would be charged to court, he said “when we complete investigation”. He declined further comments.

But this newspaper understands that the arrests followed an attack on Mr. Audu’s younger brother.

Yahaya Audu, the late governor’s brother, represented the family at the Kogi State’s 25th anniversary ceremony on August 28.

He was physically attacked on his return to Ogbonicha, the ancestral home of the Audus in Ofu Local Government Area, by community members aggrieved with Governor Yahaya Bello’s government, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

A day after the anniversary ceremony, Mohammed, late Audu’s eldest son, in a statement on behalf of the family, mocked the governor and said he should have used resources meant for the ceremony to pay workers.

The Audu family believes Mr. Bello “ordered” the arrests, Mustapha Audu, Mohammed’s younger brother, said.

But Mr. Bello denied masterminding the arrests in a statement yesterday.

He said the police should be free to work, and that politics should not be linked with criminality.

Mohammed Audu is fighting through the courts alongside James Faleke to remove Mr. Bello as Kogi Governor.

Mr. Faleke was the running mate to late Mr. Audu on the APC ticket in last year’s governorship election.

After Mr. Audu’s sudden death the day after the poll, the party drafted Mr. Bello in to continue as its candidate in the supplementary election.

Mr. Faleke believes he should have automatically become the party’s candidate after Mr. Audu’s death. He has asked the Supreme Court to declare him governor after lower courts ruled against him.

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  • realist

    The governor can’t claim ignorance of the arrest, instead making it tit for tat, he should be magnanimous by ignoring what the family must have done to wrong him. Negative+ Negative will always be native. The action will continue to widing the gap between the Ibiras and the igalas. A good leader often pardon errors not using his authority to fight back in anyway.

    • Sean

      Do you have any substantial proof to show that Bello was responsible for the arrests. Has Kogi no Police Commisioner? And you have only heard bout the arrest and you made a premature judgement contending the Governor was responsible. You should wait until they’re charged before making such senseless comments when you know what they did!

    • Malik Isah

      I guess the errors includes stoning a governors.

  • Harry Haruna

    I think this is more of family issues,
    probably the other Audu’s family members are seeing Mr. Yahaya Audu as a saboteur or black sheep and as such decided to attack him on returning back home from the award ceremony. On the other hand police or govt were wrong for the arrests made because attack in any form on the person of Yahaya Audu is not a minor issue either. The attack could have led to his death. I also think the Audu’s family needs to handle this issue maturely and politically. they (family) can honored any invitation or participate any role delegated to them by govt and at the same time be pursuing their court case. If in the end the case favoured them fine and good, if they loses the case its not a bad lost after all.

  • Aminu Baba

    Na black belle go kill them. And for Faleke; Na longer throat go choke am to death