Two men who attacked the convoy of Hajia Aisha Buhari, wife of the presidential candidate of the APC, during her recent visit to Kwara state have been ordered to be remanded in prison custody.
PM NEWS reports that the two men, Sulaiman Lawal, 27, and Lukuman Isiaka, 20, were arraigned before a Nigerian Magistrate’s court on a five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, mischief, belonging to a gang of thieves, extortion, assault and disturbance of public peace contrary to sections 97, 327, 306, 292 and 113 of the penal code law.
According to the Police First Information Report, FIR, dated March 18, the suspects attempted to extort money from Aishat Buhari, who was accompanied by the APC Vice-Presidential candidate’s wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, and Kwara first lady, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed, while they were on their way from a courtesy call on the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
The report added that the suspects and others at large, “criminally conspired in an attempt to extort money from them and in the process they smashed the side mirror of a car in the convoy and for a while caused pandemonium in the area.
“Investigation at ‘C’ division police later revealed that the two of you are group of social miscreants who use to extort money from passers-by at Ile-film junction, Ilorin."
It was gathered the police prosecutor, Godwin Azua, opposed to the bail of the accused because of the rampant nature of the charges preferred against them, arguing that if admitted to bail, they would tamper with the on-going investigation of the police.
Defense Counsel, Taofik Olateju, however, urged the court to grant accused bail, arguing that they were presumed innocent until proved otherwise by a competent court.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Jubril Salihu, in his ruling, ordered that the accused be remanded at Oke-Kura prison custody, Ilorin, while adjourning the matter till 2 April for mention.
It is worth mentioning that during her visit to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Aisha Buhari stressed the importance of educating the APC supporters regarding the party symbol, the broom.
Only five days ago, a former deputy speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Okon Uwah, was killed by yet to be identified assailants at Nkek village in Ukanafun local government area of the state.
Okon Uwah, a staunch member of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and a candidate for the Ukanafun state constituency in the forthcoming election, was said to be on a house-to-house campaign tour of the area where he was attacked.