A Magistrate’s Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has remanded Aminu Yar’Adua, 36, the son of late former Vice President, Shehu Yar’Adua, in prison for allegedly killing four people in an auto crash in Yola.
Yar’Adua, a student of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, was charged to court for allegedly causing death by dangerous driving on 23 June 2021.
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According to the Police First Information Report (FIR) tendered in court by the prosecutor, Insp. Zakka Musa, the accused had, while driving along Yola bye-pass on 23 June 2021, crushed six people as a result of overspeeding.
The court heard that four of the victims were killed and the other two were injured in the accident, with the victims, who hailed from Sabon Pegi, Yola South Local Government Area.
“Those that died in the accident were identified as; Aisha Umar (30), Aisha Mamadu (32), Suleiman Abubakar(2) and Jummai Abubakar (30), while, Rejoice Annu (28) and Hajara Aliyu(27) sustained injuries”, according to the FIR.
The prosecuting officer told the court that the relatives of late Aisha Umar, Suleiman Abubakar and Jummai Abubakar had demanded the sum of N15 million from the defendant as compensation.
But, when the FIR was read to the defendant as prayed by the prosecutor, he denied committing the offence, describing the allegation as untrue.
At that point, the prosecutor pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter, to enable him to duplicate the case file and forward it to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
The Magistrate, Jummai Ibrahim granted the prosecution’s request and adjourned the matter to 19th August 2021, for further mention, and ordered that the ex-president’s son be remanded in prison custody until then. (NAN)
Editor’s note: This story has been updated in view of fresh fact that Aminu is actually the son of former Vice President, Shehu Yar’Adua, and not the son of the late President of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, as initially reported.