Abubakar, who allegedly led four others to kidnap Margaret Emefiele died due to the injuries he sustained during a gun duel with policemen in his bid to evade arrest.
According to a report by Punch, Abubakar, who, in September 2016, allegedly led four others to kidnap Margaret Emefiele died due to the injuries he sustained during a gun duel with policemen in his bid to evade arrest.
It was also reported that the deceased alongside Mohammed Yusuf, Edwin George, Musa Maidabara, and Ernest Uduefe, was to be arraigned before Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
However, the arraignment of the suspects could not proceed after the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aminu Alilu, announced Abubakar’s death to the judge during the proceedings.
Alilu of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, said, “This charge was filed on October 7, 2017, but on October 24, we were informed of the demise of the first accused who died as a result of injuries he sustained while in the course of exchanging gunfire with the police.”
Justice Quadri directed Alilu, an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, to amend the charges to reflect the new set of defendants.
The judge then adjourned until December 14 for the arraignment of the surviving defendants.
The prosecution, in the five counts filed against the defendants, alleged that the late Abubakar and the four other defendants took hostage of Margaret along with others in her entourage – Odion Anthony, Ngozi Omoile, Uju Anthony and Gladys Omoile – at Ugoneki village, along the Benin/Asaba Expressway on September 28, 2016.