|Prince Mohammed Audu|
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 Thursday.
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.
The prosecuting police officer, Mr Gabriel Otowu, told the court that Mohammed allegedly committed the offences against his uncle, Prince Yahaya Audu, on Aug. 30, in the family house at Ogbonicha, Ofu Local Government Area.
Otowu told the court that Yahaya and one Ibrahim Immam were in his family compound at Ogbonicha for the eighth day prayer of Dauda Audu when hoodlums armed with guns, cutlasses and axe criminally conspired and invaded his compound pretending to be visitors.
He alleged that Yahaya ignorantly welcomed the people, who asked him to give them “something no matter how small”. But as Prince Yahaya Audu walked toward his vehicle to give them money, the people attacked him from behind with a machete and “thoroughly” beat him up.
He said that the suspects inflicted injuries on the complainant and shot sporadically into the air. The complainant fell to the ground and pretended to be dead and the hoodlums attempted to carry him before he ran into the bush and escaped.
He also said that they broke the windscreen of his jeep and made away with his Samsung handset.
The prosecutor further said that Prince Yahaya Audu and Imman sustained bullet wounds and were later rushed to the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, for treatment.
He said that prior to the attack; the accused Mohammed Audu had threatened to deal with Yahaya.
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 bail.
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 invitation.
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.
The court adjourned till September 29, 2016 for further proceedings in the matter.