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Violent scuffle mars ex-Kogi governor Audu's trial

2015-03-04 21:22
Displaced people from Baga listens to President Goodluck Jonathan (unseen) in a Maiduguri camp on January 15, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. H ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN

Lagos - Former Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, could find himself in more trouble if it is proven he ordered his security aide to assault an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)in court.

The operative has reportedly been beaten up for attempting to take the former premier's photograph in the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

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Haruna Ashade, a member of the EFCC team assigned to cover the proceedings, was carrying reportedly carrying out his duties when Audu's aide descended on him, the agency said.

Wilson Uwujaren: Head of Media and Publicity, confirmed the scuffle.

"The sudden realisation that his image might have been captured by the cameraman, incensed Prince Audu. Seething with rage, he demanded for the camera. When Ashade refused to hand the equipment over to the accused person, Prince Audu called on one of his aides, a police inspector, to forcefully collect the camera from Ashade and delete his pictures from it," he said.

Uwujaren said a scuffle ensured which threw the court into confusion.

"Audu's aide rained blows on Ashade, in the attempt to snatch the camera from him."

It took the personal intervention of Justice Ademola Adeniyi, who was about coming out of his chambers, to restore order.

"However, to the dismay of officials of the EFCC, when the camera was released, all the pictures taken in court had been deleted," the EFCC spokesperson said.

Audu (67) is undergoing prosecution alongside a former Director General of the Directorate of Rural Development in his administration, Alfa Ibn Mustapha, for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N10,965 billion.

The case has been adjourned to Friday.

Audu's first tenure was from January 1992 until November 1993 and the second from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003.

- CAJ News
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