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There was a mild drama and
disbelief at the Chief Magistrates’ Court 11, Lokoja, Kogi State on Thursday
when Mohammed, the eldest son of a former governor of Kogi State, the late
Abubakar Mohammed Audu, was charged with armed robbery.

Mohammed was arrested on Wednesday
night when he honoured the invitation of the men of the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad at the “A” Division Office of the Nigeria Police Force in Lokoja and he
was subsequently detained.

The police charged him to court on

 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

In the said file, 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.

Yahaya said it was by sheer miracle
that he escaped from his assailants, who, he said, were shooting sporadically
during the attack.

The police prosecutor, Mr. Otowu
Gabriel, told the court that though investigation into the matter was still
ongoing, findings by the police linked Mohammed and others still at large with
Yahaya’s attack.

 The lead defence counsel, Mr. Okechukwu
Ajunwa, however, contended that there was nothing in the charge that linked his
client to the attack.

Ajuwa urged the court to admit his
client to bail in line with the provision of Section 36 (5) of the
constitution, and in view of the fact that the police were still investigating
the case.

He assured the court that his
client would neither abscond nor interfere with police investigation if granted

He said his client was a prominent
member of the society, who had no reason to abscond, pointing out that Mohammed
was not arrested but he voluntarily went to the police station to honour their

In his response, the prosecutor
said he did not wish to oppose the bail application but would allow the court
to use its discretion.

After listening to the parties, the
Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Hussain, admitted Mohammed to bail, with a directive
that he must make himself available for every court session.

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