Yar’Adua’s son released from prison after alleged ‘settlement’ with bereaved families

Yar’Adua’s son released from prison after alleged ‘settlement’ with bereaved families

Four days after he was remanded, Aminu, son of the late ex-President Umaru Yar'Adua, who appeared in court for crushing four persons in a Yola auto crash, has been released.

WuzupNigeria reported that a Magistrate Court sitting in Yola had last Thursday remanded 36-year-old Aminu Yar'Adua in prison for allegedly killing four people in a road accident on June 23, 2021

Aminu who is a student of the elite American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, was later charged to court for causing the death of four people and injury to two others through dangerous driving.

The police First Information Report (FIR) tendered in court had said the accused, while driving along the Yola bye-pass on the fateful June 23, ran over 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.

Aminu had pleaded not guilty in court, prompting the prosecutor to plead with the court to adjourn the matter so that he could duplicate the case file and forward it to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

The Magistrate, Jummai Ibrahim, had granted the prosecution's request and adjourned the matter to August 19, 2021, for further mention, and ordered that Aminu be remanded in prison custody until the August 19 adjourned date.

According to Daily Post, emerging reports from prison and court sources suggested on Monday that Aminu Yar'Adua had been released from prison after his people reached an agreement with the families of the accident victims.

A close relative of one of the deceased, Aisha Umar, said in confidence that they were taken to the Magistrate court where they were asked to leave the matter to God and that they obliged and left the matter.

The prosecuting Magistrate's Court had earlier been told that the relatives of late Aisha Umar, Suleiman Abubakar, and Jummai Abubakar had demanded the sum of N15 million from Aminu as compensation.

Following Aminu's sudden release, it was alleged that his family paid out the N15 million, but Aisha Umar's relative said no money exchanged hands between Aisha's family and the Yar'Aduas'

"We were not given a penny. If there is any arrangement, we were not aware of it as a family," the relative said.

A source close to Aminu Yar'Adua insisted, however, that N15 million went from Aminu to the bereaved families.

"I can confidently tell you that there was a settlement between the Yar'Adua family and the families of the victims." He insisted.

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