Aminu Yar’Adua, the son of late former President Umaru Yar’Adua, was on Thursday remanded in jail by a magistrates’ court in Yola for crushing four persons to death in an auto accident in Yola.
The late president’s son, a student at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) was accused of causing death through unsafe driving on June 23, 2021.
According to the police, Mr Yar’Adua, while driving through the Yola bypass, crushed six persons as a result of speeding, according to a First Information Report (FIR) filed in court by the prosecutor, Zakka Musa.
The crash killed four people and injured two others, according to the court. Police information said the victims were from Sabon Pegi, Yola South local government district.
While Aisha Umar (30), Aisha Mamadu (32), Suleiman Abubakar (2), and Jummai Abubakar (30) were said to have died in the accident, Rejoice Annu (28) and Hajara Aliyu (27) were injured, according to the FIR.
The prosecutor told the court that the family of the deceased crash victims wanted N15 million in compensation from the defendant.
When the FIR was read to the defendant, as the prosecutor had requested, he denied committing the crime and described the claim as false.
The prosecutor then requested that the case be adjourned so that he could copy the case file and send it to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Jummai Ibrahim, the magistrate, granted the prosecution’s plea and adjourned the case to August 19 for further consideration.
She ordered the ex-son president’s to be detained in prison.
You would recall that his father, after eight-year term as governor of Katsina (from 1999 to 2007), went on to become President of Nigeria. He, however, died in office after a long illness and was succeeded by his Vice, Goodluck Jonathan.