Faleke group condemns arrest of ex-gov Audu’s son

The Audu/Faleke Political Organisation has condemned the arrest and detention of Mohamned Audu, son of the late former governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Duro, Meseko, on Friday the group described the arrest as a provocative act of executive lawlessness.

“The arrest and subsequent arraignment on armed robbery charges was aimed at justifying a predetermined goal of creating an atmosphere of insecurity in the state with the Supreme Court judgment approaching,” the group said.

Mohammed, the eldest son of the late Audu, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 21, 2015 election in Kogi State, was arrested Wednesday night when he was invited to Lokoja by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

He was arraigned in a Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court on Thursday; on armed robbery and attempted culpable homicide charges.

But the political organisation started by his father and his running mate, Mr. James Faleke, accused the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello of being behind the arrest.

It said, “We thought the alarm we raised few days ago about plans to arm twist the judiciary with a fake security report would serve to keep the Alhaji Bello’s camp in check but rather it has brought out from them a fresh carefully scripted plan to start indiscriminate arrests of Audu/Faleke supporters ahead of the Supreme Court Judgment to justify the fake security report that there would be anarchy in Kogi if Bello is removed from office.”

It called on the Inspector-General of police to intervene in the matter and caution officials of the police to be careful in “dealing with politically sensitive issues in order not to fall prey to executive manipulation”.

Faleke is challenging the decision of the Appeal Court to affirm the election of Bello as the state governor at the Supreme Court.