Police arrest late Abubakar Audu’s son, family members in Kogi

Former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu; Photo credits: savidnews.com
Former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu; Photo credits: savidnews.com

Mohammed Audu, a son of the late Governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, has been arrested by the police, multiple sources, including family members, have confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Audu’s younger brother, Mustapha, said his brother “and about 15 other family members” were arrested Wednesday and are being detained at the Lokoja Police Division.

Mustapha said the Audu family believes the arrests were “ordered” by Governor Yahaya Bello.

The governor has denied masterminding the arrests.

Asked why Mr. Bello would order the arrest of the Audu family members, a family source alleged the development was a response to the attack on Yahaya Audu, late governor’s younger brother who represented the family at the Kogi 25th Anniversary ceremony on August 28.

Yahaya had received a posthumous award conferred on the late Mr. Audu and 24 others by the state government at the ceremony.

But on his return to Ogbonicha, the ancestral home of the Audus in Ofu Local Government Area, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Yahaya was physically attacked by community members who are still aggrieved with Mr. Bello’s government.

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.

When contacted, the police spokesperson for the state said he was not aware of the development. He asked for time to “make contact to confirm.”

In his reaction through a statement by his spokesperson, Kingsley Fanwo, Mr. Bello said he could not have ordered the police to arrest the Audu family members.

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 dislodge Mr. Bello as Kogi Governor.

Mr. Faleke was the running mate to late Audu on the APC ticket in last year’s governorship election. After Audu’s sudden death the day after the poll, the party drafted Mr. Bello in to continue as its candidate in the supplementary election.

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  • vagabonds in power

    BELLO IS THE MAIN MAN OF MADAM BINGO AISHA BUHARI–AN UNTOUCHABLE FIRST LADY WHEN IT CONCERNS BELLO

    • Umar

      You need to talk like an educated person!

  • Aminu Baba

    It is sad to note that these are Muslims and yet they failed to realize and come terms with Allah, their creator, sustainer and benefactor, Who gives power to whom He wishes and takes it away from whom He wishes (Q3:26). He has raised them above poverty and penury for ever while bestowing power to them over their brethren. He has given them all the good things of life and yet they failed to pay gratitude to Him through humility and brotherly team spirit by co-operating with their present governor whom Allah wishes that it is his turn. What a family!

    • Femi

      Good talk I pray they read this

    • Ade Omowest

      Don’t lie in the name of God, Allah did not install Bello, it was done by INEC in collaboration with AGF Malami and the spineless APC National Executive members.

      • Aminu Baba

        My comment is adressed to rational human beings, not rascals

        • Ade Omowest

          It is unfortunate that FAKE religion preacher like you are the ones perpetuating injustice using Islam (a religion of PEACE) as a cover to blindfold innocent and gullible masses by misquoting the Holly Book, Quran for them to accept undemocratic steps due to your personal corrupted religious believe. You are misinterpreting Islamic religious and modern way of JUSTICE to your mean rascalism that belongs to useless bokoram sect to you rightly belong.

  • Political ninja

    “He said the police should be free to work, and that politics should not be linked with criminality”
    You still need a soothsayer to tell you who engineered his arrest? Why does he think its criminality thats why he was arrested? The police is unware of his arrest, has the governor thought about it being a kidnap?