The Audu Oyidi Royal Family of Ogbonicha in Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi State has risen in support of Mohammed, son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 21, 2015 governorship elections in the state, who was arrested and arraigned before the chief magistrate court in Lokoja last Thursday on sundry charges, among which are armed robbery, conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, describing the whole episode as political persecution of the highest order.
In a statement signed on behalf of the family by the Oregoh Attah of Igala land, the paramount ruler of Ogbonicha, the family lamented the media frenzy that followed the arrest and arraignment of their son on trumped up charges that are politically motivated and affirmed their implicit confidence in his impeachable integrity.
“We are surprised with the news of the arrest and arraignment of the son of our late patriarch, Mohammed on trumped up charges of armed robbery, conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide. We believe that Mohammed is a responsible man from a respectable background who would do no such thing as to bring disrepute to the name of our family.
The story by his uncle, Yahaya, that he was attacked and beaten up and that the attack was masterminded by Mohammed is purely a family matter that should not have been politicised to this extent.
Since the matter is already before a law court, we shall refrain from further comments for now but suffice to express our utter condemnation of the apparently coordinated media frenzy that attended the arrest and arraignment “, the family stated.