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Police Arrest 16 Members of Late Gov. Abubakar Audu’s Family

The eldest son and 15 members of the family of late Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi state were arrested for alleged “culpable homicide, robbery and mischief”.

The police spokesperson, who merely identified himself as ASP Ovye, confirmed the arrest on Thursday morning. Ovye did not give details. He advised further questions be directed to the state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Ibrahim.

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.

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.

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